WHS boys fall to North Tahoe
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – It was a game of opportunities as the Whittell boys took on North Tahoe High School in on Tuesday night, and the Lakers got the best of them.
“I thought we played well enough to win the game, but we made a few mistakes and they capitalized on it,” said coach Steve Maltase.
“The difference is we put in a couple of opportunities we had,” said North Tahoe coach Beto Alcaraz. “They (North Tahoe) rose to the occasion, cause coming in we needed a win.”
The Warriors played in the Del Campo tournament this past weekend and against Quincy High School last night. They came into today’s league match scoreless in their last five games, and the streak would continue.
“We’ve had six games in four days, and that’s caught up to us,” Maltase said. “I think we’re a little worn out.”
Neither team really shined in the match. During the first half the ball mainly hung around the middle parts of the field, except on a Eduardo Martinez goal in the 29th minute. Martinez had gotten a step on the Whittell defender forcing a close one-on-one with goalie Austin Neil who was able to get a hand on the ball, but it bounced in.
In the second half, both teams would find shoots on goal, but North Tahoe was able to slip another one by in the 78th minute to put the nail on the coffin. Tahoe looked to tie the game with a goal just prior to North Tahoe’s in the 73rd minute, but the shot by Derek Heldt-Werle was called offside.
“They got to be more hungry and more aggressive,” said Maltase. “I think they’re worried about making the perfect pass or perfect shot.”
Maltase was happy with the boys progress from previous games he said, noting that they played most of the field well except when they got near the goal. The Warriors have some time off, not playing again till Sept. 22 against Incline High School.