Whittell strikers explode for seven goals
The Whittell High boys soccer team kicked off its season with a huge offensive explosion Saturday, routing Virgin Valley 7-4 in the Warriors’ home opener.
The onslaught began shortly after the opening kick off when junior midfielder Nestor Flores beat a defender with a crafty move and ripped a shot into the corner of the net from 25 yards out.
“That was a real pretty goal,” Warrior coach Steve Maltase said.
After two more quick strikes from the feet of Flores and Oscar Cortez, the Warriors were sitting on a 3-0 lead in the first 25 minutes of play.
“We were really spreading the field out,” Maltase said. “We were creating from the outside to the inside.”
However, Virgin Valley wasn’t quite ready to lie down. The Bulldogs notched two goals of their own before the first half ended with the Warriors leading 4-2.
The second half saw more offense from Flores and Cortez, who finished the match with four and two goals, respectively. Cortez’s second goal came on a beautiful header that he buried from a corner kick set. Junior Kyle Bellotti also got into the action with a second-half goal.
Maltase said that overall his team was excited about the win but realize they need to continue to work on defense.
“We were pleasantly surprised about the way we played,” Maltase said. “We played better than we expected, but we weren’t happy about giving up that many goals.”
The Warriors will look for continued success this weekend as they travel to the Pahrump tournament.
South Tahoe Girls swinging away
The South Tahoe girls golf season got under way in impressive fashion Saturday as the Vikings finished fifth out of a 13-team field at Ruby View Golf Course in Elko.
“This is the best start we’ve had since I’ve been coaching,” fourth-year coach Marsha Butler said.
Junior Kalotina Monos led the team with a 93, putting her in eighth place among a field of 68 golfers.
Junior Dee Dee Christ also played well, shooting a 95 and finishing 10th on the leaderboard.
Sophomore Kylie Novasel rounded out the top three scores for the Vikings, shooting a personal-best 110.
“We’re used to lower scores than that,” Butler said. “But we were still solid and we stayed in the top 10.”
Butler attributed the high scores to the really fast greens at Ruby View.
“The putting was pretty tricky,” she said. “A lot of the girls couldn’t hold it on the green.”
After losing their best golfer Misty Butts to graduation the team definitely has a big hole to fill this year. But after Saturday’s showing, coach Butler is excited about the upcoming season.
“If they started out this way, I think they are headed for zone,” she said.
WHS Girls soccer ties Virgin Valley
Senior Jackie Laurian scored two goals, but mental mistakes came back to haunt the Warriors as the Whittell girls soccer team played Virgin Valley to a 2-2 draw Saturday in Zephyr Cove.
“This is definitely a game that got away from us,” Whittell coach Mike Leeper said.
Whittell got on the board first when Laurian took a brilliant feed from sophomore Haley Shaw, beat a defender and fired the ball into the corner of the net.
Virgin Valley then countered with a goal of its own off the foot of the Bulldogs’ speedy forward.
“Their first goal was a good strike,” Leeper said. “The second one was a fluke.”
The second goal saw a hard shot ball by Virgin Valley deflect off of a Whittell defender and into the net.
The Warriors put their second goal on the board when Laurian broke through the defense with some great individual moves and slid the ball past the keeper.
“Jackie had an outstanding game at forward for us,” Leeper said.
The Warriors did have a chance to put a third goal on the board after Laurian was taken down in the box, setting up a penalty kick.
However, they were unable to convert on the attempt.
“Our offense took 20 shots on goal, we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” Leeper said.
Overall, Leeper said he was pleased with the effort his team made from the defense up through the middle. But he thought the team could’ve been a little more aggressive and energetic at times.
“More good stuff came out of this game than bad,” Leeper said. “It gave us something to work on.”
The Warriors will try and notch their first victory of the season this weekend at the Pahrump tournament.
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