STHS soccer team losses at McQueen |

STHS soccer team losses at McQueen

Steve Yingling

Joe Winters looked into his crystal ball before South Tahoe High’s boys soccer match with McQueen and didn’t like what he saw.

“I had a feeling this was going to happen,” said the STHS coach a few hours after his Vikings lost their first match of the season 1-0 Wednesday in Reno. “We played like we’ve been practicing: overconfident and very lethargic. The bottom line is we have to step it up a notch.”

McQueen scored the match’s only goal five minutes into the second half.

“We had a little defensive breakdown. It wasn’t exactly a great goal, but I guess any goal is a great one when it’s 1-0,” Winters said.

Brian Winters threatened to knot the score late in the second half but his shot deflected off a post.

“The last 20 minutes we stepped it up and played hard. If we would have played that hard the first 60 minutes, it could have been a totally different game,” Winters said.

The Viking JV was also blanked by McQueen, losing 2-0.

South Tahoe entertains Northern Nevada League Division II leader Douglas at 3:30 p.m. at South Tahoe Middle School. The Vikings varsity girls play Douglas after the boys match at 5:30 p.m.

Whittell High’s boys soccer team must have felt like the Oakland Raiders did after losing to the Chiefs with 3 seconds left Monday night.

Yerington scored on a flukey 30-yard shot with 30 seconds remaining to beat the Warriors 3-2 in a nonleague match Wednesday in Yerington.

The Warriors played the match without three of their top players, including Jose Gonzalez (broken collarbone) and two ineligible student athletes.

“With the guys that we had, we had enough opportunities that we should have won,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase.

Phil Barnes’ goal off a cornerkick from Dusty Apocotos tied the game 1-1 25 minutes into the first half. The score stayed that way until Yerington scored on a penalty kick early in the second half. Apocotos forged a 2-2 tie on a direct kick from 25 yards out with 20 minutes left.

Whittell, 4-2, plays at Douglas at 3 p.m. Monday.

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