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Defensive-minded Warriors seek title

Steve Yingling

Whichever team emerges from the Nevada 3A state boys soccer semifinal showdown between Truckee and Whittell on Friday better go easy on the celebrating. It’s not for the state championship.

While it could be, the battle between one of the 3A’s largest and smallest schools is an intriguing matchup of two teams on a roll.

Whittell, a Division II co-champion, hasn’t lost since a 3-1 defeat to Incline on Sept. 30. A shuffle of defensive personnel has made the Warrior goal nearly impenetrable during the latter half of the season. During their 10-game winning streak the Warriors have allowed only three goals while netting 44.



“I really feel we can go all the way this year,” said Whittell’s flip-throw master Chris Boudreau. “We’ve had a really strong year. We did so well in league and we just have the talent this year.”

Meanwhile, Truckee has the confidence from beating Whittell 2-0 Sept. 22 in Truckee. Besides, the Wolverines have won the state championship two of the past three seasons and captured Division I with a 9-1 mark this season. Yet, Whittell isn’t convinced that Truckee is the better team.



“We’re very capable of beating Truckee,” said Whittell defensive stalwart Todd Echan. “When we lost to them it was on their field and it was on two cheap goals. This way we’re playing on a field we’re both not familiar with, and I think it’s going to be a battle. But we’re capable of going all the way.”

Whittell coach Steve Maltase hasn’t beaten the Wolverines in six tries during his four-year coaching career.

“We’re happy to be in position to play Truckee. We feel like they don’t respect us, and until we beat them I guess they don’t have to,” Maltase said. “We just need to cut down on our mistakes and capitalize on our opportunities. We made two mental errors over there and they capitalized on them late in the game.”

After losing to Truckee the Warriors turned their season around with unyielding defense. Echan, Scott Corwin, Trevor Bartholomew and Bryce Schussel have formed a solid defensive unit, permitting only three goals to get by keeper Joe Picolla.

But scoring is the principal problem for the Warriors when they oppose Truckee. They’ve only scored two times in the past six meetings.

“We feel if we play our game we might catch them sleeping,” Maltase said. “If we get out ahead, with our defense we can hang onto it, but it’s going to take a 100 percent effort for 80 minutes from everyone.”

If the Warriors spring the upset, Maltase wouldn’t mind his second cold shower of the season.

“If we beat them, I won’t mind if I get ice water dumped on my head,” said Maltase, who was drenched after the Warriors clinched a tie for the Division II crown last month.

Game time is 6:30 p.m. Friday.

just having opp to paly truckee is perfect, were’ going into with nothign lose and everthing to gain. if we paly well come out with win, it will be another goal we could accomplish this year.

I wouldn’ tmind, If we beat them I dont’ mind if get ice water on my head. Basiclaly we feel they dont’ respect us, been in finals last four years, we feel play our game we might catch them sleepeing. if we get out head with our def we can hang onto it. mbut it’s have to ake a 100 percent effort for 80 minutes from everyone.

league record, 9-1, like Whittell, only loss to North Tahoe. Lost to NOrth Tahoe in last year’s finals. Been in finals for past four years, won two of the past three years.

haven’t beaten in six times Maltase is coach. ALl but two of them we’re pretty close.

“We just need to cut down on our mistakes and capitalize on our opportunities.

We made two mental errors over there and they campitalized on them late in the game, too.”

before solidified defense.

Putting Todd in back, been in same spot 12 games, Scott Corwin, Trevor Batholieme and Bryce Shussel.

I think we’re happy in position to paly Truckee. We want to be on who has a shot of beating them. We feel like they don’t respect us. and until we beat them I guess they don’t have to.

We love play under the ligts, so it’s a good opportunity for us. sit will be same for both teams, know what like get there, cant be any worse than what we’ve seen this year.

IF we can play like did on Saturdya for full 80 minutes, we can’t have any flat spots. I thought for final 15 mimunts against Boulder City.

with dusty hitting poss three times, it was nice some other guys stepped up.

They are def a very tough team to score on, and they alwasy have been. We’ve scored only two goals on them.

they’ve all been 1-2 goals games excpet two. confidence wise over the past three yers and got shelled twice, went over there and lost by two.

44-3 advantage durign 10-game streak

14-3-2.

“just having opp to paly truckee is perfect, were’ going into with nothign lose and everthing to gain. if we paly well come out with win, it will be another goal we could accomplish this year.

I wouldn’ tmind, If we beat them I dont’ mind if get ice water on my head. Basiclaly we feel they dont’ respect us, been in finals last four years, we feel play our game we might catch them sleepeing. if we get out head with our def we can hang onto it. mbut it’s have to ake a 100 percent effort for 80 minutes from everyone.

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