Tahoe claims five soccer titles in Carson City
The 2001 High Desert Soccer tournament might have well been the Tahoe Mountain tournament as six teams from the South Shore finished either first or second in the June 9-10 event in Carson City.
Tahoe was represented in the finals of every age bracket as teams from all-over Northern Nevada were present at the two-day event.
In an all Tahoe finals, a pair of under-12 girls teams battled it out as the Tahoe Thunder coached by Paul Kushner and Joel Butler narrowly defeated Carol Gatien and Jim Ferguson’s Tahoe Turbulence in a double-overtime shootout.
The two teams were deadlocked at one after both the regulation and the first shootout.
The game was finally decided in the second round of shootout when the Turbulence missed two shots while the Thunder only missed one.
“It was the first time they’ve beaten us this year,” Gatien said. “But we’ve battled it out all spring and summer long.”
The U-12 boys team, the Tahoe Avalanche, coached by Ed McClain took top honors when the Avalanche handled the Carson City Scalawags 2-1.
The Netrippers, an U-16 girls squad coached by Randy Volkmar, continued its dominant play by beating the Reno Rush 2-1.
The final first-place Tahoe team was the Tahoe Premier, an U-14 boys team coached by Robert Haynes.
The Premier took care of Carson City United by a score of 2-0 for the title.
One other Tahoe team, the U-14 No Limit girls team, coached by Jake Burns and Mike Corey, finished second in their bracket.
All the teams competed in the newly formed Sierra Tahoe Soccer Club and AYSO league.
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