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Warriors get another shot at girls’ soccer

Steve Yingling / Tahoe Daily TribuneNew Whittell High girls' soccer coach Patrick Kelly watches the ball control of senior Marlo Smith during Wednesday's practice in Zephyr Cove.
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ZEPHYR COVE – Long gone are the depressing memories of last October when Whittell High School was forced to discontinue its girls’ soccer team due to a lack of committed players.

For the opening week of practice for the 2010 season, the Warriors’ roster stands at a comforting 15 players. Senior sweeper Sammy Brumbach might be the most pleased that Whittell again has a girls’ soccer program. After the girls’ team folded last fall, she joined the boys’ team along with Sierra Forvilly and Gabriella Tracy so she could continue playing the sport she loves.

“It was challenging me, but I wasn’t getting the playing time I’m used to and I wasn’t playing like I’m used to. I’d rather play with the girls,” Brumbach said.



Brumbach believes having the team taken away served as a stimulus to bring it back.

“It helped us in a weird way,” she said. “It got everyone really fired up. It got all the senior girls thinking, ‘I want a team for my senior year.’



“Already we’re in a healthier position than we were last year.”

Patrick Kelly, a former Whittell boys’ soccer assistant for Steve Maltase, has assumed the girls’ coaching duties and is excited about the team’s possibilities.

“There is a lot of talent out there right now that is led by Sammy,” Kelly said. “The girls really look up to her. She’s really the top leader on the team, and she relishes that role. A lot of people if they are strong players aren’t always the greatest leaders. She’s got everything there.”

The versatile Brumbach, who played midfield and forward while with the boys’ team in 2009, will anchor a defense that will break in an inexperienced goalkeeper. The Warriors will start junior Jillian Dauscher between the pipes.

“She has tremendous footwork, and she’s learning the position right now,” Kelly said. “We’re hoping she can step in and do some good things this year.”

An intriguing addition to the team is senior Marlo Smith, a transfer from Oaks Christian in Southern California. As a defender last season, Smith was a All-Tri-Valley League second-team selection.

“She are her sister are excellent players, and they are used to playing club year-round so that’s really good,” Brumbach said.

Kelly is making a first-time venture into coaching girls’ soccer and is pleased that he can be part of the sport’s revival at the school.

“There are some great senior girls there that I didn’t want to see that happen to again, so I was more than willing to step in and do what I could this year,” Kelly said. “It’s not too much different I’m finding out. The girls are working tremendously hard, and they are really picking up the concepts.”

Whittell, a regular postseason participant prior to last season, is uncertain of its chances in the seven-team 3A league that is routinely led by Truckee and Incline.

“I’m really looking forward to how we match up with some of the other teams,” Kelly said. “I know Truckee and Incline are going to be tough teams, and South Tahoe is a good squad.

“It’s a tough league again, and we’re gonna have to play our game each and every day and see where that gets us.”

Brumbach is excited that most of the Warriors’ games will be close to home.

“The traveling will be a lot better, and I definitely think it will be more of a challenge than last year, but I think we’re up for it,” Brumbach said.

Whittell’s 2010 girls’ soccer schedule

Date Opponent/Site Time

Aug. 27-28 Quincy tournament TBA

Sept. 2 TRUCKEE 4 p.m.

Sept. 7 At South Tahoe 3 p.m.

Sept. 10 At Portola 2 p.m.

Sept. 13 QUINCY 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 At North Tahoe 3 p.m.

Sept. 16 At Yerington 3 p.m.

Sept. 21 DAYTON 4 p.m.

Sept. 23 At Incline 3 p.m.

Sept. 30 At Sparks 3 p.m.

Oct. 5 At Truckee 2 p.m.

Oct. 12 SOUTH TAHOE 4 p.m.

Oct. 14 NORTH TAHOE 4 p.m.

Oct. 15 At Quincy 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 19 YERINGTON 4 p.m.

Oct. 21 At Dayton 2 p.m.

Oct. 26 INCLINE 4 p.m.

Oct. 28 SPARKS 4 p.m.

Nov. 2-6 Regional tourney TBA

Nov. 12-13 State tourney TBA


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