Whittell rips Battle Mountain 8-0
Bus fatigue didn’t impair the Whittell High boys’ soccer team on Friday in Battle Mountain.
Following a lengthy road trip, the Warriors throttled the Longhorns 8-0 in a nonleague match.
T.J. Kolesnik scored a hat trick and five other Warriors netted a goal in the romp.
“I don’t think we’ve ever come out after an eight-hour trip and got off the bus and played this well,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “Usually it’s a tough game.”
In only the fourth minute, Tim Stone scored off a header that was assisted by Whittell goalkeeper Austin Neil. Kolesnik added two goals and Marshall Neil and Anders Chaplin each notched their first varsity goal as Whittell opened a 5-0 halftime lead.
Kolesnik scored in the 50th minute to make the score 6-0 and left the game. Trevor Fairbank and Kyler Felton finished up Whittell’s scoring.
“We jumped on them early and kept the ball moving,” Maltase said. “We played a nice possession game.”
Simon Nikles led Whittell with two assists, while Neil, Fairbank and Felton each recorded an assist.
Whittell (5-8-1) will go for a two-game road sweep at Spring Creek on Saturday.
Whittell girls raise record to 5-0
Imagine how good the Whittell High girls’ soccer team could be with the regulation 11 players.
Whittell played with eight players on Friday and still defeated Battle Mountain 3-0 in a nonleague match. The win kept the Warriors unbeaten at 5-0.
Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association rules allow teams to play with no fewer than seven players.
“I’m so proud of these girls. The heart of these girls is amazing,” said Whittell coach Tony Cormier. “They don’t get upset at the other kids who don’t come. For them it’s all business.”
Lexi Brooks triggered Whittell’s scoring by making a 20-yard shot for the only goal of the first half. Sammy Brumbach struck for the second goal, dribbling from her end of the field to beat the goalkeeper from just inside the 18-yard box. Gabriella Tracy capped Whittell’s scoring, taking a cross and scoring from just inside the 18.
The defense took it from there, posting the fourth shutout of the season. Whittell has allowed just one goal.
“Our defense is as tough as nails,” he said. “They have all been working together for three years now. I wouldn’t want another defense for anything.”
Whittell will play Spring Creek, which ousted the Warriors from regionals last year, at noon Saturday.
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