Tigers come home with 3-2 girls soccer victory
Despite dominating most of the first half of their game with Reno on Tuesday, the Douglas girls found themselves staring at a 2-0 deficit 30 minutes into the contest.
The Tigers didn’t panic. Instead, they continued playing a methodical brand of ball-control soccer that can generate scoring opportunities from anywhere on the field.
Three unanswered goals later, the Tigers walked off their home field with a 3-2 victory.
“We weren’t really concerned,” Douglas coach Fred Schmidt said. “I think the players and the coaches had the confidence we could come back.”
The coach admitted that his players seemed to suffer a letdown after Reno scored its first goal midway through the first half. Less than 10 minutes later, the Huskies made it 2-0.
Douglas, which created seven shots on goal in the first 20 minutes, got its first goal just minutes after Reno had taken a 2-0 lead.
Abby Aldrich scored on a pass from Amber Gwinn to cut the deficit in half at the intermission. Gwinn attacked up the middle of the field and sent a through ball to Aldrich, who slipped the shot past the Reno keeper.
Midway through the second half, the Tigers tied the game with a goal off a set play. Kali Schmidt hit a free kick from 20 yards out that the Huskies goalie couldn’t handle. Jessica Girdner charged in and one-touched the loose ball into the net.
The Tigers’ third goal came on a cross from Tracey Hawks to Andrea Chaney. Hawks dribbled past two defenders and sent the ball to Chaney, who was running to the far post. Chaney redirected the ball into the goal for the game-winning score with 10 minutes left to play.
Douglas kept up the pressure in the final minutes, but couldn’t increase its lead. The Tigers finished with a 19-8 advantage in shots on goal.
“We probably could have finished better, but all three goals were good, quality goals,” coach Schmidt said. “I was proud of the way they came back after being down two goals.”
And, other than two brief breakdowns, Schmidt said the Douglas defense played an outstanding game. “Kristie Gearty, Rebecca Wallstrum, Dara Harris and Jessica Brady all had really good games,” he said.
The Tigers (10-3) will play host to South Tahoe today at 1 p.m. at the DHS field. A win over the Vikings -whom the Tigers defeated 5-0 last Tuesday at South Tahoe – will allow Douglas to clinch at least a second-place finish in the Sierra League standings.
“I think our biggest concern will be to try to play them with as much intensity as we did the first time,” Schmidt said.