Tigers, Cougars scrap to 1-1 tie
Games between the Douglas and Spanish Springs girls soccer teams are traditionally closely contested affairs.
Nothing changed on Saturday when Douglas scored one goal in the first half and Spanish Springs answered in the second half to salvage a 1-1 tie in the Northern 4A cross-over match on a hot autumn afternoon in Sparks.
Alexa Moss opened the scoring for Douglas (2-0-1 league, 3-1-1 overall) with a goal four minutes into the game, assisted by Abby Jens.
The Tigers had an opportunity to extend their lead 10 minutes into the second half, however, coach Werner Christen said a shot by Moss was turned away by a “great fist save” from Spanish Springs goalie Jaycee Grider.
The game went back and forth until the 68th minute, when the Cougars scored the equalizer.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Smith was credited with nine saves for the Tigers.
Douglas edged the Cougars in regular season meetings the last two years, 2-1 in 2015 and 1-0 in 2014, while Spanish Springs scored twice in the final seven minutes to salvage a 2-2 tie in 2013. Douglas also defeated Spanish Springs in the 2014 region tournament semifinals.
Caitlyn Camara scored one goal and assisted on the go-ahead goal by Devi Schwartz as the undefeated Douglas JV girls rallied for a 2-1 win at Spanish Springs
Spanish Springs scored a goal on a 20-yard shot that dipped under the crossbar in the fifth minute, however, Douglas (3-0) came back to tie the score in the 10th minute when Camara, a midfielder, received a crossing pass from striker Amelia Cochran and blasted in a laser shot from 22 yards out.
Schwartz, a striker, beat the Spanish Springs goalkeeper at the 29th minute with a shot that skipped inside the post for her fourth goal of the season. Camara was credited with the assist.
After allowing the early goal by what coach Rick Smith described as a “very good Spanish Springs team,” the Tigers played scoreless defense the rest of the way.
Smith went on to praise the performances of defenders Clarie Ingrey, Hailey Christensen, Sophia Bottino and Tara Dragoo.
All 23 Douglas players saw action in both halves, Smith pointed out.
The JV team opened its season with a 4-3 win over McQueen followed by a 12-0 win over North Valleys.