Shorthanded Tigers handle Reed in season-opener
Still waiting on two key players to complete their mandatory 10 preseason practices, a shorthanded Douglas boys’ varsity soccer team clawed out a 3-1 season-opening victory over Reed Wednesday afternoon at Douglas High.
Mike Gransbery scored a goal and registered an assist to lead Douglas and Steve Done made several tough saves in net to keep Reed off the scoreboard through the first 60 minutes.
“We played a great first half,” Douglas coach Phil Sheridan said. “In the second half we started looking tired.”
Douglas will get some relief with a seven-day break before hosting Galena. The Tigers will get also get three players back who have been waiting to complete the mandatory preseason routine. Two of the players returning to Douglas’ lineup are expected to start.
David Sturgess opened up the scoring in the eighth minute with a chip shot off a pass from Gransbery.
Chris Aguilar added a goal in the 20th minute on a ball served in from Chase Cohee.
Gransbery took a perfect pass from Jared Price to score in the first minute of the second half to complete the Tigers’ scoring for the game.
Reed managed a goal at the midpoint of the half, but Douglas was able to fend off some dangerous scoring chances late in the game to hold on.
Senior Colten Mellows played a large part in stopping Reed’s offense throughout the game.
“It was a good opener for us,” Sheridan said. “We have some things we need to work on, but there were some very good things happening out there.”
The boys junior varsity team battled to a 1-1 tie against Reed Wednesday.
Oscar Gonzalez scored an unassisted goal to lead the Tigers.
Coach Lorraine Fitzhugh said that goalie Jose Alcaraz did a great job stopping the ball in the first half of the game.
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