Douglas High School kept its perfect Northern 4A boys record intact with a 2-0 triumph against Elko on Saturday afternoon.
That's four shutouts in four games for the Tigers, who improved their record to 4-0 at home in Minden.
Regular goalkeeper Nate Gardner had to leave the field 10 minutes into the second half after re-aggravating a leg injury he had sustained during a game against Fallon on Wednesday. The Tigers didn't miss a beat, though, because J.V. goalie Chase Zumpft came out and preserved the shutout.
Gardner and Chase had little trouble - they received credit for one save each - thanks to a solid defensive unit that was led by sweeper Cody Krueger and midfielder Chris Bargman, according to assistant coach Milko Vasquez.
Douglas jumped out front early when Rob Honer scored in the second minute, assisted by Josh Pratt. Giorag Andrews scored an unassisted goal in the 19th minute to give the Tigers a 2-0 cushion.
The Tigers are obviously happy, but not totally satisfied.
"It's good to be 4-0, but it's also misleading because we have been playing against teams from the other division," Vasquez said. "It's always positive to win, but we need to prepare for our division, which is a strong division."
The Tigers play again on Wednesday against Galena in Reno.
GALENA GIRLS FALL
The Galena girls soccer team suffered its first loss of the year in a 3-1 defeat to Reno.
"It served as a nice wakeup call for us," said Galena Coach Sean Canty, whose team fell to 3-1.
After Reno took a 2-0 lead, Megan Baumbach scored on an assist from Annie Baxter with one minute left in the first half for Galena to make the score 2-1 at halftime. But Reno scored seven minutes into the second half to take a 3-1 lead.
Galena outshot Reno 20-10, but couldn't take advantage. Jayleen Chen had seven saves for Galena.
Douglas 2, Elko 0
Goalies Chase Zumpft and Chris McPeak combined to log a shutout as the J.V. Tigers improved their record to 4-0.
Jon Trent opened the scoring with a goal off an assist from Jason Dunkelberg. Sean Rahe scored, assisted by Trent Hennessey-York. Nic Beres and Tyler Treel also played well on the defensive end.