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Warriors use late rally to slip past Lakers, 3-2

Staff reports
Boyd Dangtongdee / Special to the TribuneT.J. Kolesnik and Alex Vogt celebrate a second-half goal against North Tahoe on Tuesday night in Tahoe City. Whittell won the 3A match, 3-2.
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Whittell High scored twice in the final 11 minutes to rally for a 3-2 boys’ soccer win against North Tahoe on Tuesday night in Tahoe City.

Alex Vogt scored off a rebound amid a flurry of action directly in front of the North Tahoe goal in the 76th minute for the deciding shot.

It was Whittell’s first victory in the 3A league in three games.

After a scoreless first half, the Lakers’ Jonathan Ruiz scored unassisted in the 58th minute. But Whittell’s Blake Heldt-Werle answered on a free kick from about 35 yards out in the 59th minute. He sent his tying shot high and over the head of North Tahoe keeper Trevor Trimm.

North Tahoe retook the lead 2-1 when Omar Arellano blasted a goal into the back of the net just a minute later. Whittell again had an answer; this time on a penalty kick by T.J. Kolesnik in the 69th minute.

“They (have) a lot of guts,” Whittell head coach Steve Maltase said of his team. “They didn’t quit. I like that. I’m proud of them.

“Beto’s kids played tough like they always do. This league is intense this year.”

The Warriors (7-5-1 overall) play at Yerington on Thursday.

In the girls’ game, Whittell used a late goal by Sammy Brumbach to earn a 1-1 tie with the Lakers in Tahoe City.

North Tahoe senior Nicole Younger scored first when she gathered a corner kick and kicked it in from about 20 yards out midway through the first half.

Whittell (5-2-1 overall) travels to Yerington on Thursday.

– Sylas Wright of the Sierra Sun contributed to this story.


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