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Dayton spoils Warriors’ home openers

Jeremy Evans

ZEPHYR COVE – Thursday’s home opener against Dayton didn’t develop exactly how Lydia von Rumph wanted. But her assessment of the Whittell High girls’ soccer team going into the season was correct.

“Nobody is going to outrun us,” said von Rumph, the Warriors’ first-year coach. “They played hard and didn’t quit. They came back like I knew they would.”

Ashley Winter scored two goals, including a penalty kick, as the Dust Devils scored three goals in a 15-minute span en route to a 3-0 nonleague win over the Warriors at Whittell High School.

Dayton (1-2) also got a goal from sophomore Leah Kennedy in the 28th minute. Winter converted a penalty kick in the 24th minute, a play that was preceded by a questionable call from the referee following a hard challenge from sweeper Casey Brumbach inside the box.

In the 39th minute, Winter curled a nice shot into the side netting to give the Dust Devils a 3-0 lead.

“We looked really good today,” said Dayton coach Tim Logan, whose team lost to 4A Damonte Ranch and Truckee’s JV team last week. “We were able to get some good clean passing out there. We have a young team, but we have a lot of returners from last year’s team.”

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The Whittell boys’ soccer team had an equally difficult time against Dayton in its home opener on Thursday. The Dust Devils’ Kiefe Miller scored two goals and assisted on another in a 4-1 nonleague win at Whittell.

The Warriors’ lone score came off an own goal in the first half.

“All four goals could’ve been stopped,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “It was a lack of concentration on our part more than anything. We had a lot of opportunities. But we either waited too long or took shots too early.”

Whittell (0-1) travels to Sacramento today for the Del Campo Tourney. The Warriors play Colfax and Oak Ridge today and Granite Bay and Roseville on Saturday.

As for the Whittell girls, they have the weekend off before 3A Tahoe League play begins next week. The Warriors (0-1) play at Fernley on Thursday. If the Warriors can build off Thursday’s performance against Dayton, they should challenge the Vaqueros.

Aided by the offensive play of Marissa McKool, sophomore Megan Alexander and freshman Sasha Rupp, Whittell outshot Dayton in the second half and continued to attack the goal despite being three goals down.

In the first half, when the game was tied 0-0, Alexander drilled a shot that beat goalie Stefanie Shoup but then bounced off the crossbar. Rupp also had a few scoring chances in the first half when the game was tied.

“By Dayton scoring first, it kind of took the life out of us,” von Rumpf said. “The first half was butterflies. The girls were a little nervous out there and it took them a while to settle down.”