by Joey Crandall, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Douglas High girls soccer team played a dominant second half in the Northern Division I Regional semifinals Wednesday evening at Damonte Ranch, but it wasn’t enough.
Galena did all the damage it had to in the 18th minute, taking a slotted ball up the middle and putting it to the far post. Douglas keeper Corynne Millett got a hand on the shot, but it deflected and slowly rolled into the net.
Galena managed to hang on for the 1-0 win, despite Douglas out-shooting the Grizzlies 11-2 in the second half, and moved on to Saturday’s regional finals against Carson while ending the Lady Tigers’ season.
The Grizzlies held the advantage in possession early on, but neither team allowed any substantial first-half scoring opportunities.
Douglas’ strongest first-half chance came in the 31st minute when McKenna Kynett put a nice cross through the middle that just missed a strike.
The Tigers picked things up in the second half, stringing together nine unanswered scoring opportunities and peppering the Galena net with shot after shot after shot.
Galena was awarded a penalty kick late in the game, but the shot rolled wide left.
Douglas’ most promising opportunity came in the 73rd minute when Lexi VonSchottenstein broke free toward the net after a ball that the Galena keeper charged on.
The keeper came sliding into VonSchottenstein four yards out of the penalty box, knocking her over as the ball sailed past the touchline wide of the net. No foul was called on the play.
The Tigers didn’t put another scoring opportunity together from there. It was an abrupt end to a strong season during which Douglas claimed the Sierra League title for the third year in a row.