Slump ends, Tigers top Senators
In a slump? Who you gonna call?
Faced with a pivotal game in the Sierra League girls soccer race on Saturday, the Douglas Tigers called on all-time career goals record holder. And McKenna Kynett delivered two goals within a span of seven minutes early in the second half that lifted the Tigers to a 2-1 victory against arch rival Carson in the state capital.
Douglas (8-2-1 league, 10-3-2 overall) broke up a scoreless duel when Kynett scored goals in the 52nd and 59th minutes then held off Carson (9-2 league, 9-2-1 overall).
“We had a plan and we didn’t execute it, and they did, and that was the bottom line,” Carson coach Greg Lehman said.
Douglas had been 1-2-1 in its last four games, including back-to-back shutout losses against Bishop Manogue and Damonte Ranch.
“We broke out of the schneid,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “It’s a W on the road and against a really good team. We’re back in it now. If we would have lost this game, I think the division would have been out of the question. Now, we’ve got a shot.”
Douglas took a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute when Alissa Holley fed a through ball to Kynett, who outran the defense to the ball and finished a one-on-one shot from 18-yards out.
“It was a nice little counter attack,” Christen said. “McKenna’s not going to lose too many one-on-one battles. I thought their keeper played well today, but when you get a perfect ball like that, we should score on those.”
Seven minutes later, Kynett scored again on a grounder from 20 yards out to the left corner of the net. It was the senior forward’s 103rd career goal for Douglas, which surpasses the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s listed state large schools record.
Carson pulled to within 2-1 in the 64th minute when Julie Torres scored off Lauren Hudak’s corner kick.
“We wanted to possess, be patient and try to create,” Lehman said. “That (goal) gave us an opportunity. The girls played hard to the end.”
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first half.
In the ninth minute, Carson’s Mallory Otto dished off a pass to Isabella Wakeling on the right side, however, the shot from 10 yards out was smothered by freshman goalkeeper Jordan Smith.
Kynett blasted a 30-yarder that glanced off the crossbar in the 20th minute. Then Kynett’s 20-yarder from the left wing was stopped by Carson goalkeeper Samantha Bishop.