Reno’s physical play doesn’t slow down Vikings
Reno and South Tahoe should have suited up in football pads for their Sierra Division boys’ soccer match Friday in Reno. This rivalry has been that physical.
The rough Huskies drew four yellow cards, most on slide tackles on breakaways, but the first-place Vikings responded to the physical play for a 4-1 triumph.
“The game got physical the last time we played and we knew it would be even more physical this time,” said STHS coach Joe Winters. “We wanted to try to stabilize the game with quick passes.”
The win enabled the Vikings (7-0-2) to maintain a two-point division lead over Carson (6-0-3). More importantly, the Vikings clinched a postseason berth. They can guarantee themselves no worse than second place with a win at Wooster on Wednesday.
The Vikings, who received one yellow card for celebrating, scored first when Fabian Perez scored off of Leon Abravanel’s free kick at the 5-minute mark. Perez took the pass from the corner of the 18-yard mark and rocketed a shot inside the right post.
“It was a great shot,” Winters said. “That kind of took the wind out of Reno’s sails and definitely gave us the momentum.”
Ten minutes later Abravanel was frustrating the Huskies again, collecting a deflection and dribbling a few times before sliding a shot underneath the goalie for a 2-0 lead. Last year, Abravanel scored the tying goal with 3 minutes left to clinch the division title for the Vikings.
Victor Mariscal and Abravanel scored 5 minutes apart late in the second half to put away the Huskies. Mariscal chipped a shot over the goalie on a feed from Cunningham, while Jordan Boles set up Abravanel’s second goal.
Reno broke up Tobin Lindstrom’s shutout with a goal inside the final 10 minutes. Defenders Boles, Tim Head and Chris Borek gave the Huskies few scoring chances.
“Between defenders and Tobin they’ve really been doing a great job,” Winters said.
The win was especially satisfying for the Vikings since Winters elected to keep leading scorer Alex Torres at home because of past incidents between the teams.
“We realize teams key on him and they to bait him,” Winters said. “It showed how big a win it was to play without our leading scorer.”
Manogue mission acccomplished for WHS boys
Whittell enhanced its boys’ soccer playoff position with convincing victories over Rite of Passage and Bishop Manogue last weekend.
Nestor Flores scored twice and Mike Prebezac netted one as the Warriors blanked Manogue 3-0 Saturday in Zephyr Cove. The victory pushed the Warriors (7-4) ahead of the Miners (6-3-1) for the 3A Lake Division’s fourth-and-final playoff berth.
“We’ve kind of made this our do-or-die game,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “Playing them and it being our homecoming, I thought it was almost a near-flawless game by our guys. It was by far our best game of the year.”
Goalkeeper Devin Farnsworth made six saves.
Whittell breezed to a 10-2 win over the Raiders on Friday. Flores scored three goals and Tim Prebezac added two. Tyson Frederick had three assists.
Daniel Wines and Scotty Jones scored their first goals of the season, and A.P. Faccinetti and Justin Haynes scored as well. Whittell also benefited from an own goal.
The Warriors play at North Tahoe at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Whittell girls, Manogue play to 2-2 tie
Smarting from a 3-2 loss to Incline in its previous match, the Whittell girls soccer team played Manogue to a 2-2 tie Saturday in Zephyr Cove.
Leading scorer Jackie Laurian didn’t play.
Whittell (6-3-1) is a five-team battle with Truckee, Incline, Manogue and North Tahoe for four playoff spots.
STHS girls tie at Reno
The STHS girls soccer team’s Sierra Division lead was trimmed to one point following a 3-3 tie at Reno on Friday.
Douglas (7-1-1) pulled within a point with a 4-0 victory over Carson on Saturday. The Vikings are 7-0-2.
Reno took a one-goal lead inside of five minutes against the Vikings.
Kelly Meyer scored an unassisted goal in the 29th minute to tie the game 1-1 going into the half.
The Vikings took the lead in the 49th minute when Alyssa Reilly, on a chip pass from Megan Roberto, scored on a one-touch shot.
Reno scored two more goals to take a 3-2 lead, but in the 69th minute, Nolie Pierini scored on a header for the tie.
“They played us very hard and very aggressive. They’ve improved a lot,” said Viking head coach Julia Russell. “We’re still undefeated but they gave us some hard knocks in that game.”
— Tribune staff writer Darin Olde contributed to this story.
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