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Reed, Douglas girls’ soccer battle to scoreless tie

by Joey Crandall, Sports Editor

Tuesday’s game against Reed answered two big questions for Douglas head girls’ soccer coach Fred Schmidt.

“Goalkeeper and defense were our big question marks entering the year,” Schmidt said. “Today really took care of both of those for us.”

Douglas goalkeeper Hillary Winans blocked four shots to post a shutout in a scoreless tie against Reed at Douglas High School Tuesday.

“Hillary played very well,” Schmidt said. “There were a couple of dangerous balls in the box, and she had to be aggressive and play them. But she showed she had the courage to do that.”

Schmidt also raved about his defense which held the Raiders to just two shots on goal in the first half.

Sophomore Samantha Perry anchored the defensive unit with Rachel Tappen, Megan Olsen, Ali Pyne and Alicia Sturgess all providing solid protection for Winans.

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“Reed is always one of the best teams in the league and they have beat us in the first game of the year in each of the last two seasons,” Schmidt said. “You always hate to tie, but some very good things happened today.”

The only question mark left for Schmidt is on offense.

“It would’ve been nice to score a couple goals in there,” he said. “We had several big chances but we just couldn’t finish.

“When you get 19 or 20 chances like we had today and you don’t score, you aren’t going to win. Finishing the scoring chances will come. It’s early in the year and everyone is still getting used to each other.”

Douglas hosts Galena at 3:30 p.m. today.