Girls soccer team splits two games
One day after it sustained a lopsided loss against one of Northern California’s premiere programs, the Douglas High girls soccer team showed resilience on Saturday in a 3-2 double overtime victory against Casa Grande in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Peri Buck scored two of her three goals in overtime, capped by the game-winner with about four minutes to go, to help the Tigers knock off Casa Grande (Petaluma, Calif.) and salvage a split of their Sonoma County series. Douglas, last year’s region tournament runner-up, dropped a 6-0 decision Friday in its season opener against Santa Rosa power Montgomery.
Montgomery (3-0), a CIF North Coast Section playoff runner-up each of the last four years, scored four goals in the first half to take a 4-0 lead against the Tigers. Montgomery is currently listed No. 2 in the Topdrawersoccer.com West Regional high school girls rankings.
On Saturday afternoon, Douglas and Casa Grande (2-1) were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and 2-2 at the end of one overtime. Both team scored once in the first overtime period. This is a veteran Douglas squad that lost to Bishop Manogue 1-0 in the region tournament championship game last year. Fourteen returnees are listed on the roster, including Grace Brooks, Payson Coverley, Alexa Moss, Sydney Woodward, Jessica Withrow, Jordan Smith, Baylee Robinson, Abby Jens, Jillyan Jacobson, McKenna Hoyle, Allyson Foster, Joelle Penny, Hannah Mora and Buck. Brooks is a fourth-year varsity veteran. Coverley, Withrow, Robinson and Penny are all entering their third varsity year. Woodward was a second-team all-league defender last year, while Withrow, Coverley (midfielders) and Robinson (defender) received honorable mention recognition.
The Tigers are scheduled to play their home opener Tuesday against North Valleys.