Douglas girls roll past Hug, 9-0
Alexa Moss scored three goals and assisted on another to help lead the Douglas High girls soccer team to a 9-0 victory at home against Hug Saturday afternoon.
Peri Buck and Abby Jens also scored two goals each while Sydney Woodward contributed three assists and one goal for Douglas (4-0-1 league, 4-1-1 overall) in the Northern 4A cross-over contest against Hug (0-6, 0-5).
Douglas built on its solid performance last Tuesday in a 1-0 win at Reed and is starting to pick up momentum headed to an important stretch on its schedule, according to coach Werner Christen.
“We’re starting to get it as far as moving the ball and moving to proper spots on the field as individuals,” Christen noted. “We’ve been telling the girls we need to worry about ourselves … try to play the game correct and see how the result is at the end.”
Buck scored in the sixth minute, assisted by Woodward, to account for the first of six Douglas goals in the first half.
Jens scored in the 12th minute, assisted by Allyson Foster, and Moss scored in the 27th minute off an assist from Woodward. Jessica Withrow scored off an assist from Moss in the 33rd minute, Moss scored off an assist from Woodward in the 35th minute and Woodward scored off an assist from Molly Coverley in the 38th minute to make it 6-0 before halftime.
Jens scored an unassisted goal in the 49th minute, Moss scored with an assist from Buck in the 57th minute and Buck scored with an assist from McKenna Hoyle in the 65th minute.
“I’m real happy how our mids and defenders got involved in the attack and our girls up front tracked back,” Christen noted. “We have a ways to go, but the last couple games the improvement has been noticeable.”
Grace Brooks and Jordan Smith shared time at goalkeeper and in credit for the shutout.
Douglas hosts Reno on Tuesday and then visits Bishop Manogue Saturday in Reno. Douglas lost 1-0 to Manogue last year in the region tournament championship game.
“We have a big challenge coming up against a very good Reno team with a great staff. We are going to have our hands full,” Christen said of the Huskies.
A 7-0 win over Hug moved the Tigers to a perfect 5-0 season record.
Devi Schwartz got Douglas on the scoreboard in the 18th minute with an unassisted goal. Calli Weston scored in the 25th minute with an assist from Tess Sando. This was quickly followed in the 30th minute with a goal from Austin Zivkovic, assisted by a cross from Adriana Grant. Weston scored again in the second half, from a Dana Merriam corner, followed by Amelia Cochran then Zivkovic with her second goal of the game, this time on an assist from Caitlyn Camara. Tara Dragoo wrapped up the scoring with her first goal of the season.
Coach Rick Smith noted that a strong defensive performance by Clarie Ingrey, Hailey Christensen, Sophia Bottino, Colbi Bera and Jess Cabrera kept Hug off the scoreboard. The Tigers also received sold midfield play from Hayley Killion and Alejandra Ramos. Douglas keepers Shelbi Beaty and Meleeah McKown combined for their shutout this season.
All 23 Douglas players saw action in each half.