Douglas stays atop soccer standings |

Douglas stays atop soccer standings

Jeremy Evans

After 160 minutes of soccer, South Tahoe and Douglas still don’t know which school has the better girls’ soccer team. But if Saturday’s game was any indication, the two teams might end up playing each other again the Northern 4A playoffs.

The Vikings’ Cassandra Diaz converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute as South Tahoe salvaged a 1-1 Sierra League tie with the Tigers at the Community Youth Sports Complex. The two teams battled to a 1-1 earlier this season in Minden.

“No matter what, these games are always intense because, not only is Douglas a good team, it’s a rivalry game,” said STHS coach Clint Lockhhart. “I am not disappointed with the tie, but I am disappointed with the way we came out. We didn’t come out hard. They definitely outplayed us in the first half.”

In the seventh minute, Douglas’ Tia Lyons scored to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. It stayed that for the next 60 minutes, though Douglas had to hold off several South Tahoe attacks in the second half. Then in the 70th minute, the Tigers’ Sage Lyons tripped the Vikings’ Cassidy Berg inside the box, setting up Diaz’s penalty kick that tied it at 1. A minute later, Douglas nearly pulled ahead again but C.J. Baumgartner’s shot sailed over the cross bar.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game for us, and we went into it knowing we’d have to keep our defensive posture,” said Douglas coach Lorraine Fitzhugh. “We’re such a young team, and I still feel we’re gelling.”

With the tie, Douglas remains in the first place in the league standings with at 9-1-2 (29 points). The Vikings are second at 8-0-4 (28 points). Both teams have two games remaining in the regular season, including dates with Carson next week.

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The Vikings (14-1-5) play at Damonte, then close out the regular season on Saturday when they host Carson.

to see photos of the South Tahoe-Douglas soccer game.