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North Tahoe outlasts gritty Warriors

The Whittell High Warriors had 1999 Nevada 3A boys state soccer runner-up North Tahoe Lakers just where it wanted them – ahead by two goals with a half to go.

“We didn’t give up at the half. We talked about going out there and leaving everything they had on the field and they did,” said coach Steve Maltase, whose Warriors rallied to tie the game before losing the nonleaguer 3-2. “I’m definitely proud of them. We faced adversity and overcame most of it.”

Dan Faccinetti and Oscar Cortez each scored in the second half as Whittell wiped out the two-goal deficit with 20 minutes remaining. However, North Tahoe ricocheted in a volley from the goal box with 7:00 remaining to deny the upset.

Maltase said his Warriors, who hadn’t played in 11 days, came out flat and allowed the Lakers to jump ahead because of several mental errors.

Faccinetti pulled the Warriors within a goal on a cross from Cortez and Cortez netted the equalizer on a cross from Thomas Greenwood.

Maltase said senior Joe Piccola kept the Warriors close with spectacular goaltending.

In Whittell’s difficult predivision schedule, it has faced the top two 3A teams from 1999.

“We lost in a shootout to Truckee and 3-2 to North Tahoe. Those are 3A teams, so we’re optimistic,” Maltase said. We’re playing hard, and that’s the good thing right now.”

Whittell entertains Manogue on Tuesday in the first of three home games next week.

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