RENO - The Carson boys soccer team played to form in its league-opening 4-1 win over Bishop Manogue Saturday afternoon.
"It was very indicative," said CHS coach Nate Brigham, whose team impoved to 3-0. "We started slow for about the first 10 minutes until we got our rhythm. After we got our rhythm, we really controlled the game.
"The last two years, defense has been the foundation for this team. We almost set the state record for shutouts last season. We only gave up six scores all season. I know we've already given up two so far..."
Bishop Manogue managed just five shots on goal, and senior goalkeeper Pedro Chavez only had to make two saves, as Jorge Guevara, Nate Eng, Guillermo Alonso and Luis Aguilar played well again in back.
In fact, Brigham said that the Miners' only score (Jose Aguiano) was the result of the Senators' inability to clear the ball out of their own end of the field.
"You can't give the ball away at the 18-yard mark," Brigham said. "Any decent striker is going to bury that. You can't have a mistake (like that)."
Meanwhile, the Carson offense continues to roll along. The Senators were patient offensively, scoring on four of their seven offensive opportunities. Brigham said the team is adjusting to the second season of being in a 4-4-1. It's an offense designed to build from the backl and advance the ball along the ground with crisp passes.
The teamwork and ball-handling paid off in the eighth minute when the Senators worked the ball around to sophomore Luis Camacho, who drilled in a left-footed kick from about 15 yards out for a 1-0 lead.
Manogue didn't get a shot on goal for the first 28 minutes. The second shot came 30 seconds after the first and went sailing over the crossbar. Manogue finally tied it with 10:45 left in the first half.
Miguel Camacho made it 2-1 with 35:32 left in the game. Carson put together two good runs over the next eight minutes but failed to convert.
Gustavo Gonzalez made it 3-1 with 10:55 left and Moises Romo ended the scoring with less than two minutes to go.
DOUGLAS 1, GALENA 0
RENO - Luke Prinz scored with six minutes left to give the Tigers a tight win over the Grizzlies.
Edgar Arceo set the play up when he dribbled through a couple of defenders and slipped a pass to Prinz.
Ivan Gonzalez finished with nine saves. Fernando Ramos, Brian Randall, Tyler Bankofier and Troy Tohee played well defensively.
Douglas plays at North Tahoe Monday at 3:30 p.m.
GIRLS: CARSON 7, MANOGUE GIRLS 1
RENO - Taylor Musselman scored two goals within the first 13 minutes and later contributed an assist one assist, all within the first 13 minutes, to spark the Senators (2-0-1) to an easy win.
After getting off just six first-half shots, which resulted in three scores, Carson went on the attack in the second half and put up 13 shots on goal, four of which found the back of the net.
"We settled in to what we wanted to do," CHS coach Randy Roser said.
Roser said that the Miners shifted their defense a bit, which made it easier for his team to run its offense.
Kate Schulz gave Carson a 3-0 lead after the Manogue goalie couldn't handle Musselman's shot clean. Schulz collared the rebound and scored.
Nicole Updegrove scored twice in the second half, while Ashley Turner and Megan Jackson added scores.
Manogue managed 10 shots on goal, and freshman Emily Heller managed four saves in goal for the Senators. Heller was credited with an assist when she punted deep downfield and Turner outran the Miners' back line to get to the ball and score.
JV BOYS: CARSON 2, MANOGUE 0
RENO - Carson scored on an own goal and got another from Jorge Avil en route to an easy win.
Carson outshot Manogue 28-6
Defensively, Michael Samii, Cruze Kerver, Christian Navarro, Carlos Munoz and Nate King all played well. Jose Gonzalez played well in goal to post the shutout.
VOLLEYBALL: DHS TOPS FALLON
Douglas outlasted Fallon 19-25, 25-17, 25-13, 17-25 and 15-12 in a Sierra League match Thursday night.
Shannon Dugan led the way with 12 kills and three blocks, while Jourdan Burke added 10 kills, two aces, two blocks and three digs. Emily Garci and Erin Allison contributed eight and seven kills, respectively. Setter Jackie Harper finished with 35 assists.
JV FOOTBALL: REED RIPS CARSON
SPARKS - Reed High's JV football squad rolled to a 44-10 win over Carson Friday night in a non-league game.
Carson QB Chance Quilling threw for 251 yards, 207 of those to Andrew Johnson. Austin Pacheco kicked a 38-yard field goal for the Senators.