STHS girls improve to 8-0 |

STHS girls improve to 8-0

Karli Vath and Morgan Cook each scored two goals as the South Tahoe High girls’ soccer team beat Damonte Ranch 5-0 in its Sierra League opener on Saturday in Reno. Tess Braun’s goal in the fourth minute gave the Vikings a 1-0 halftime lead before an offensive outburst in the second half doomed the Mustangs.

Cook scored both of her goals in the second half, one off an assist from Braun and the other off an assist from Vath. Adara Munoz’s cross in the 58th minute found the head of Vath, who headed in the final goal for South Tahoe.

“Damonte Ranch is getting stronger as a program,” said first-year STHS head coach Clint Lockhart, who was South Tahoe’s assistant varsity coach two years ago. “They have definitely improved, but we made some adjustments at halftime and that helped a lot.”

South Tahoe (8-0 overall, 1-0 league) plays at Reno on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The South Tahoe boys’ soccer team was idle after Damonte Ranch had to forfeit Saturday’s game. The Vikings (5-2-1, 1-0) play at Reno on Wednesday.

WHS boys hang tough

Whittell boys’ soccer coach Steve Maltase entered this past weekend’s Del Campo tournament knowing his team would face numerous challenges from much larger schools. Whittell, though, responded to the challenges by posting a 1-3 record, including a 4-2 victory over Buckingham on Saturday.

On Friday, San Francisco’s Mission High School defeated Whittell 4-0, then Oakridge posted a 4-0 victory over the Warriors. However, Whittell trailed just 1-0 at halftime in both of those games.

On Saturday, Jonathan Sosa scored the Warriors’ lone goal in a 4-1 loss to McClatchy before Whittell earned its 4-2 win over Buckingham of Vacaville. Marty Rahbeck scored two goals in the win, while Casey Kaleta and Mike Ferrante each scored one.

“It was tough because had to play back-to-back 70-minute games on both days,” Maltase said. “We didn’t get a good bracket as far as that goes, but it was a good tournament for us. I thought we did pretty well considering the circumstances.”

Whittell (4-7) hosts Battle Mountain on Saturday in Zephyr Cove.

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