Tigers surge past Huskies, 4-2
Galena 6-0-0 18 points
Carson 5-0-1 16 points
Douglas 5-0-1 16 points
Wooster 3-3-0 9 points
Manogue 2-3-1 7 points
Damonte 0-4-1 1 point
High Desert League
McQueen 3-2-1 10 points
Reno 3-3-0 9 points
Sp. Springs 2-3-1 7 points
Reed 2-3-1 7 points
No. Valleys 0-5-1 1 point
Hug 0-5-0 0 points
Douglas 4, Reno 2
Spanish Springs 2, Manogue 0
Galena 4, Reed 1
McQueen 1, Carson 1
Wooster 6, North Valleys 1
Nothing personal mind you, but Werner Christen would rather not have to coach against the Reno Huskies play again this season.
Never mind that the Douglas High girls soccer team outlasted Reno Tuesday afternoon, 4-2, during a back-and-forth Northern 4A cross-over contest in Minden that saw the score tied twice. It was a duel that could well have been a playoff preview since Douglas (4-0-1 league, 5-1-1 overall) is locked in a three-way race for first-place with Galena and Carson in the Sierra League. Reno (3-3, 3-4) was tied for first-place with McQueen in the High Desert League coming into the game.
“I hope we don’t see them again,” Christen said afterward. “They’re a solid team … physical … we didn’t play our best and they may be the reason.”
Peri Buck scored twice and then Alexa Moss put Douglas on top for good in the 67th minute.
Earlier, the stubborn Huskies rallied to pull even at 1-all on Bella Albright’s goal in the 30th minute and then made it 2-2 on Graciela Palencia-Marroquin’s goal in the 53rd minute. The latter goal seemed to spark some momentum for the Huskies.
“We talked about how they would answer (a goal),” Christen said, “and we talked about us being able to answer their answer.”
Moss set up the initial goal in the 26th minute with a cross from the left side to the far post, where Buck rushed in to tap the ball into the net.
“That first goal might have been our prettiest of the year,” Christen said. “I thought we passed well today; I liked the way we were able to string passes together.”
Buck put the Tigers back on top in the 49th minute when she gathered in a pass from Moss in front of the net and buried her shot into the left corner of the net.
Freshman Madison Smalley set up the game-winner with a pass to Moss, who struck a grounder to the net to make it 3-2.
Molly Coverley scored an unassisted goal in the 76th minute to provide some breathing room.
Sydney Woodward broke up a Reno scoring opportunity inside the final two minutes. Reno had another scoring opportunity early in the first half, however, Palencia-Marroquin had a shot carom off the goalpost in the opening 10 minutes of play.
Grace Brooks handled the goalkeeping chores for Douglas in the first half and Jordan Smith in the second half.
Christen was still encouraged by the end result.
“Anytime you don’t play your best and still win, that’s what good teams do.”
Douglas (6-0) defeated Reno, 4-2. Caitlyn Camara opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a strike from about 25 yards out. Calli Weston followed with her seventh goal of the season in the 32nd minute, assisted by Taran Dragoo, who made a 60-yard run into the box before distributing the ball to Weston. Austin Zivkovic scored and Amelia Cochran followed with her eighth goal of the season shortly before halftime.
Douglas goalkeepers Shelbi Beaty had several saves in the first half to keep a clean sheet, according to coach Rick Smith. Douglas also received a strong backline performance from Clarie Ingrey, Hailey Christensen, Sophia Bottino, Savanna Harrington, Ariana Bilderback and Colbi Bera. Douglas received solid midfield play from Tess Sando, Dana Merriam, Madison Vickers, Vaneza Diaz and Alejandra Ramos.