Tigers get revenge, pound Hug
Revenge is a great motivational tool. The Douglas High School boys soccer team won the Northern 4A zone championship last year, but a stinging 3-0 defeat to Hug late in the season left a sour impression on the team’s otherwise sweet memories. That loss was still fresh on the minds of the returning players Wednesday and they were glad to finally have the chance to do something about it.
Jeremy Louthan scored three goals, Adam Kincaid two, and Dylan Sheridan added a goal and three assists as the Tigers roared to a 10-0 victory over the visiting Hawks in their home opener.
Douglas, 2-0, scored three goals in the opening 18 minutes and never looked back. It added three goals in the last nine minutes of the first half to take a 6-0 lead at the break. The Tigers outshot the Hawks, who never mounted a serious scoring opportunity the entire game, 34-7.
“That was nice, the way we started,” Douglas coach Mike Robinson said. “When they beat us here last year it proved to be the perfect warm up for zone. We just started off (Wednesday) with the intention of beating them and getting revenge. We weren’t planning on Hug being weak.”
Kevin Krueger got the Tigers on the scoreboard in the 12th minute. The play started with a throw in on the left side near midfield and was eventually directed to Louthan. Louthan carried the ball into the penalty box and made a nice drop off pass to a hard charging Krueger, who punched in a right footer while sliding into the net himself.
In the 15th minute, Sheridan sent in a left-curling banana ball on a free kick from the top right corner of the box to Kevin Rohrbough, who quickly deposited a one-timer into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Kincaid made it 3-0 in the 18th minute when he scored on a direct free kick just outside the top of the box.
Douglas’ best scoring play of the game came in the 31st minute. Chance Supko pulled down a clear ball in the midfield and touched it ahead to J. Johnson on the right wing, who then sent a perfect cross into the box where Louthan ran onto it and drilled it into the low right corner of the net.
Supko roofed a header into the net in the 38th minute off a well-executed cross by Rory Marenco and Andy Haws added a goal in the 39th minute to round out the Tigers’ first half scoring spree.
“We came out and played as we intend to play all of our games,” Robinson said. “We attacked by bringing the ball down the wings and we did a nice job widening the field.”
Douglas controlled the tempo throughout, as evident by the statistics. It was a shooting gallery in the first half as the Tigers pounded 19 shots on goal, sent three corner kicks in to the box and sent four other quality cross crosses into the box which the Hug defense was forced to play out. Meanwhile, Douglas goalie Kevin Awinn was force to make just one easy save and come up with four other keeper balls off three shots and four crosses by the Hawks.
What didn’t the Tigers do well in the half?
“You can’t tell in a game like that because everything worked,” Robinson said. “We made one position change, sending Krueger from sweeper to stopper and Bret Marenco from stopper to sweeper and it gave us more control in the midfield and a sounder defense in back.”
Douglas continued its onslaught in the second half with crisp interior passing and four goals in the opening 12 minutes.
Kincaid scored in the 43rd minute when he took a ball down the right side, cut back into the box and lofted a shot over the Hug keeper. Louthan added goals in the 49th and 50th minutes off passes from Sheridan. Sheridan scored the game’s final goal on a well-placed direct free kick from the top of the box into the top right corner of the net.
Louthan’s last goal was a thing of beauty. Awinn started the play from the goal with a long pass out to Joe Doornick on the left side. Doornick, Sheridan and Rohrbough engaged in a great series of wall passing and give-and-gos down the sideline before the ball finally reached Louthan.
After two victories (Douglas beat McQueen 4-0 last week) and a huge goal differential early in the season, it appears the Tigers have picked up right where they left off after last season’s run to the zone title.
“We’ve got a lot of returners but we had more seniors last year,” Robinson said. “It’s difficult to say how we compare because that was a zone championship team.”
Douglas, which was scheduled to play at Carson on Friday, won’t play another home game until Sept. 15 when Whittell will make its way down to the Valley for an exhibition game.
First half scoring – Douglas, Krueger (Louthan), 12th; Douglas, Rohrboough (Sheridan), 15th; Douglas, Kincaid, 18th; Douglas, Louthan (Supko and Johnson), 31st; Douglas, Supko (R. Marenco), 38th; Douglas, Haws, 39th. Shots on goal – Douglas 19, Hug 3. Crosses – Douglas 4, Hug 4. Corner kicks – Douglas 3, Hug 0. Throw ins – Douglas 11, Hug 9. Goal kicks – Douglas 4, Hug 5. Saves – Douglas 1, Hug 3. Keeper balls – Douglas 4, Hug 2. Fouls – Douglas 10, Hug 5.
Second half scoring – Douglas, Kincaid, 43rd; Douglas, Louthan (Sheridan), 49th; Douglas, Louthan (Sheridan and Rohrbough), 50th; Douglas, Sheridan, 52nd. Shots on goal – Douglas 15, Hug 4. Crosses – Douglas 4, Hug 2. Corner kicks – Douglas 6, Hug 6. Throw ins – Douglas 10, Hug 10. Goal kicks – Douglas 2, Hug 3. Saves – Douglas 3, Hug 6. Keeper balls – Douglas 4, Hug 3. Fouls – Douglas 10, Hug 5.
Game totals – Douglas 10, Hug 0. Shots on goal – Douglas 34, Hug 7. Saves – Douglas 4, Hug 9. Fouls – Douglas 20, Hug 10. Yellow card – Kincaid.