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Whittell soccer beats Dayton

Joe Proudman
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ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – The Whittell Warriors have two more games left in the season after beating Dayton on Thursday night, and if they are going to make the playoffs they need to win both of them, which even then doesn’t guarantee them a spot in the post-season. A multiple-goal win against over the Dust Devils might be the momentum they need as they enter the final part of the season.

The boys squared off first against Dayton in Zephyr Cove. They had four goals on the day, with Annders Chaplin, Austin Neil, Mark Waite and Derek Heldt-Werle all scoring. Waite was back after suffering a concussion a few weeks ago, and Neil scored his first goal of the season after spending nearly all of it playing goalie. Coach Steve Maltase said he just wanted to try new things.

“Try something different and get Austin out in the field and see if we can get some production out of him,” Maltase said. “I’m still a little unsure about it. I like the production I got out of Austin in the field, Oliver (Curiel) just needs a little more experience (in goal.)”

Curiel took over for Neil in the goal box, giving up two goals, one that Maltase said was unstoppable for any goalie, and one he could have had off a free kick.

“We probably should have saved it, but a little inexperience,” Maltase said. “Overall we played well enough to win and a win in our league is hard to come by.”

The Warriors led for nearly all the game, except when the Dust Devils tied it in the second half 2-2. But Whittell was able to keep Dayton scoreless the rest of the game while scoring two goals of their own.

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Maltase isn’t really looking towards the playoffs right now, just the next to matches against Incline on Tuesday and then at Sparks.

“We’re still going to give everything we have and see what happens,” he said.-The girls had an easier time with the Dust Devils, scoring five goals on the night, and limiting Dayton to no serious shots on goal. Jenny Shepack led the Warriors with three goals on the night, while Sammy Rupp and Michael Gardner added two more.

“I thought we were playing really well,” said head coach Pat Kelly. “We were sending some through-balls through the defense there were playing.”

By the half, Whittell was up 3-0. One of Shepack’s goals, the teams fourth, came from 25 yards out after Shepack beat the defender in a dead sprint to the ball to get off a hard shot that went to the left of the goalie.

“Our forwards Sammy Rupp and Jenny Shepack played well,” Kelly said. “We just played our game it was clicking tonight.”