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Damonte stuns STHS; Vikings won’t defend league title

Jeremy Evans

The South Tahoe girls’ soccer team saw the chance to defend its Sierra League title disappear on Tuesday night when Damonte Ranch stunned the Vikings 1-0 in Reno. South Tahoe’s first league loss of the season might have dropped it from second to third place in the league standings.

With Douglas’ 5-2 win over rival Carson on Tuesday, the Tigers have clinched at least a share of the regular-season title at 10-1-2 (32 points). If Douglas beats Fallon in Saturday’s season finale and Galena loses to Damonte, the Tigers will earn the league’s No. 1 seed at this month’s Northern 4A regional tournament.

Galena was 8-2-2 (26 points) going into Tuesday’s match with Manogue, a score that unavailable at press time. The Grizzlies, who are the only team that can catch the Tigers for the league crown, would sit in second place with a win over the Miners.

South Tahoe (8-1-4, 28 points), meanwhile, can earn the league’s No. 2 seed with a win over Carson on Saturday and a Galena loss to Damonte. But if the Grizzlies beat the Mustangs, they will likely earn the league’s No. 2 seed, dropping the Vikings to third regardless of the outcome in the Carson match. The Senators have already clinched the league’s No. 4 seed and can’t improve their seeding.

However, STHS coach Clint Lockhart isn’t concerned with his team’s seeding as much as his team’s play.

“We came out way too overconfident,” Lockhart said. “We didn’t show a desire to win until they scored in the second half. Once Damonte scored in the 50th minute, it was desperation time, but by then it was too late.”

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Saturday’s match with Carson starts at 1 p.m. at the Community Youth Sports Complex and will be senior day for the Vikings, who have 13 seniors on their roster.

Last year, the Whittell boys’ soccer team likely would’ve celebrated a one-goal loss to perennial power North Tahoe. But on Tuesday, the Warriors walked away disappointed.

The Lakers scored the game’s first two goals and held on for a 3-2 Tahoe League win in Zephyr Cove, a result that damaged Whittell’s postseason hopes. However, coach Steve Maltase praised his team’s efforts and believes his kids brought a new passion to the field.

“It’s probably a good sign that we walked off the field ticked off at losing a game like to North Tahoe,” Maltase said. “That wouldn’t have happened last year. We worked hard and played with a lot of pride. We played our best game of the year. If we play like that the rest of the year, we can pull off an upset.”

The Lakers opened the scoring in the first half, then caught a break later in the half when Whittell’s Mario Olmos drilled a shot from 30 yards out that

“If that shot goes a few inches to the right or left, it’s a goal,” Maltase said. “Anywhere else, it’s a goal.”

North Tahoe added another goal in the 60th minute before the Warriors’ Ignacio Calvo got his jersey pulled inside the box in the 65th minute, resulting in a penalty kick. Olmos converted the kick, making it 2-1. The Lakers scored on an indirect kick in the 75th minute, then contributed to an own goal that ended the scoring.

“I definitely thought we played as well as they did, if not better,” Maltase said. “We had some chances, but they were a bit more opportunistic than us. We just don’t have that hunger in the box like other teams do.”

Whittell (10-9-2 overall, 0-5-2 league) hosts Fernley in a nonleague game on Thursday at 4 p.m., then resumes league play on Saturday at Sparks.

North Tahoe drops WHS soccer

The North Tahoe girls’ soccer team gained revenge on Whittell, scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes en route to a 4-1 Tahoe League victory in Zephyr Cove. The Warriors beat the Lakers 3-0 on Sept. 16 in Tahoe City.

“I can’t take anything away from North Tahoe because they came to play,” said WHS coach Tony Cormier. “We came out in the second half and scored (to make it 2-1), but they came right back and scored again. That paralyzed us.”

North Tahoe and Whittell are tied for third place in the league standings with 2-3-1 records. The Warriors (10-5-2) host Fernley in a nonleague game on Thursday at 6 p.m., then plays a league game at last-place Sparks on Saturday.