Tigers face alumni on field
Make no mistake about it, participants were competitive on the field Monday during the annual Douglas High girls soccer alumni scrimmage.
At the same time, no official score was kept, coaches and players from both teams took time to socialize during their scrimmage and then they all got together afterward to pose for a photograph.
“It’s always a lot of fun,” said Douglas coach Werner Christen. “That’s a pretty good alumni team out there. They look like they’ve been playing together … they’ve had some nice 1-2s, they’re making the extra pass … I’m impressed.”
One of those alums was Terran Newell, a 2003 Douglas graduate who played four seasons at the University of Nevada and helped the Wolf Pack advance to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship game in 2006. She is now entering her first season as Christen’s varsity assistant, and by the way, she scored the first goal of the scrimmage.
“It was fun for all of us,” she said afterward. “Some of us (alums) have played soccer together for a long time … Brit (Christen) and Andrea Bryant, we started playing soccer together when we were 5.”
A number of returnees from the Tigers’ 2014 Northern Division I Region championship team were on the field playing for both sides.
Gabriela “Gaby” Vega, a 2015 Douglas grad, also punched in a goal for the alumni. She has signed to play soccer for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
More than 20 varsity and JV candidates were on the field playing for Douglas during the scrimmage.
The varsity and JV teams will be selected after tryouts are held Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at the high school. Two sessions are scheduled for Saturday, 7-8 a.m. and 6-8 p.m., according to coach Christen.
The Tigers kick off their season on Aug. 28 against Northern California power Montgomery (Santa Rosa) in a game that will be played in South Lake Tahoe.