Tigers don’t get caught looking ahead
Douglas High’s girls soccer coach Fred Schmidt wasn’t looking past Tuesday’s game at South Tahoe.
Sure the Tigers (11-0-4) easily handled the Vikings, 4-1, at South Tahoe Middle School and easily could’ve been thinking about next week’s matchup at Carson. The Senators (13-0-2) are ranked No. 23 by the USA Today and a win there would give his team steam going into the postseason.
But Schmidt knew his pride was meeting a fellow Nevada 4A playoff squad in South Tahoe (6-7). And he waited until the Tigers posted a commanding 3-0 halftime lead before tinkering with his powerful lineup.
“We switched formations at halftime because we wanted to try something. We weren’t concerned about losing the game,” Schmidt said.
The Tigers went from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 shape, looking to thin its attack on the narrow Tahoe field.
“They didn’t do it well or adjust well. We ended up giving up a goal and not getting a goal on an attack. We hadn’t been practicing it, though, so I’m not disappointed. And when we get up three goals, we play girls who don’t typically play,” Schmidt said. “I wish South Tahoe luck in the playoffs. They’re a young team and will have their hands full with Galena in the playoffs. But their JV team is good and they’re going to be much stronger in a year or two.”
Luckily for Douglas, Sarah Sheare made the experiment a moot point. The attacker tallied two goals and one assist. They were her 19th and 20th goals of the season. Ali Shea and Abby Aldrich each added scores, while Shasta Ceragiloi had an assist.
The Vikings didn’t score until the final six minutes, when Christie Higman followed her own rebound with an open netter. Douglas smacked 27 shots and Tahoe keeper Sarah Junge turned away 13. The Tigers’ Ashlee Selprizio saved 11 of 13.
Schmidt said his team can now turn its attention toward Carson. He thinks the Tigers should handle Hug (3-10-1) later this week to set up the match of the undefeated.
“We can’t actually catch Carson (for first place). But it would be nice to beat them and finish as the only unbeaten team. That’s our goal at this point. We’re really pegging for Carson,” said Schmidt, whose Tigers, according to him, are 5-0-1 at Carson in the past six years, including a 3-3 tie earlier this season. “We seem to be their jinx team and we’re hoping to continue it. They got ranked nationally and we’d like to take that away from them. We expect another close exciting game with them.”
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