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Tiger girls are perfect

by Chuck Smock

A relentless Douglas girls’ soccer team overpowered Reno, 6-1, on Saturday at the DHS field.

“That’s the worst we’ve ever beaten Reno,” Douglas coach Fred Schmidt said. “The thing that was so nice on Saturday was the unselfishness in the passing game in front of the goal. Five different players had assists in front of the goal.

“We scored in the first two minutes. That gets you pumped when you’re playing a tough team that’s been a nemesis. We didn’t let up attacking the whole game.”

Julia Spaulding got the Tigers on the board early when she scored off a pass from Kali Schmidt.

Eighteen minutes later, Abby Aldrich crossed a great pass to Sarah Shearer, who one-touched the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead.

Freshman Terran Hadlock sent a through-ball to sophomore Amber Gwinn 35 minutes into the first half. Gwinn, who finished with two goals and two assists off the bench, finished the play for a 3-0 Douglas advantage at the break.

In the 53rd minute, Gwinn pushed a ball past the Reno goalkeeper and Stephanie Webb charged in to score the goal.

Five minutes later, Shearer sent a long ball that Gwinn chased down before lofting a 30-yard shot over the goalkeeper and into the net.

Reno scored on a scramble in front of the Douglas net. The goal was only the second the Tigers have allowed this season. And the late tally seemed to infuriate the DHS squad – which pleased the coach.

“That was the highlight late in the game,” Schmidt said. “At that point we were still clearly in control, but the team ran back to midfield to set up the kickoff. They were mad that they had been scored on. We were relentless until we scored again.

“It was as if the first five goals didn’t matter. Our kids were determined to score again. We finished on a high note.”

The sophomore tandem of Gwinn and Kali Schmidt did the honors. Gwinn dropped the ball out of a double-team and Schmidt drove a low, hard shot into the corner for the net for the 6-1 final.

The Tigers improved to 7-0 with the win. They have yet to trail in a game this season, and that fact has Schmidt a little concerned as his team heads into a stretch of five games against opponents with losing records.

‘The potential for complacently in the next two weeks is probably high,” he said. “It’s going to require a lot from the seniors and the coach to continue to work hard.

“What we have to do now is push ourselves in practice.”

And that’s because the last six games of the season will include five playoff contenders.

The Tigers own a one-game lead over the Carson Senators, whom they defeated 2-1 in the third game of the season.

“We’re the only team that’s scored on Carson and they’ve given up two goals also,” Schmidt said. “We don’t have a huge lead. We can’t afford to look back and we can’t afford to let up because we haven’t played Galena and Reed, the two best teams in the other division.”