Vikings lose more than Nevada 4A match with Carson |

Vikings lose more than Nevada 4A match with Carson

Gary Kank

STHS Boys Soccer

Playing without injured forward Alex Torres, South Tahoe High soccer coach Joe Winters knew his team would have to step it up against the undefeated Carson High Senators. Unfortunately, the Senators were able to capitalize on Viking miscues, winning the Nevada 4A match 3-1 Saturday at South Tahoe Middle School.

“It was a great game,” Winters said. “But we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities and they did on our mistakes.”

The game opened up with the Senators showing effective ball control in the midfield and in the ninth minute, they found the back of the net on a long 35-yard shot off the foot of Christian Losche.

“I think that shot really caught us off guard,” Winters said.

Down a goal, the Vikings made some adjustments and in the 18th minute, forward Chris McKean took a long pass from defender Noe Estrada, dribbled through two Senator defenders and slipped the ball past the keeper to tie the game.

The second half saw the Vikings continue to have success offensively, but they couldn’t find the back of the net. Gabe Villasenor just missed a shot on an open net and McKean had a one-on-one chance shut down by a great save from the Senator keeper.

“Chris McKean carried our offensive threat on his shoulders,” Winters said. “He really rose to the occasion in Alex’s absence.”

With the game still even late in the second half, the Senators finally broke the tie when a forward snuck in on a through ball that was headed for Viking keeper Pete Chiarpotti.

Minutes later, the Senators added their third goal when they got a foot on a cornerkick sent into the box.

“I think they just lost their focus and concentration in a heated battle,” Winters said. “And you cant do that in the heat of battle.”

Although they lost the game, Winters was quick to recognize the solid effort of his back line.

“Greg Hamm, Tim Head and Noe really kept Carson away from our goal,” he said. “Leon Abravanel and McKean were also solid up front.”

As for injured star Torres, he sat out due to an MRI he underwent on Friday afternoon which suggested he may have a torn meniscus. Torres will be re-evaluated on Monday, but it’s possible he may have surgery to repair the damage. Coach Winters is listing him as doubtful for Wednesday’s home game against Douglas.

STHS Volleyball

Friday night saw the South Tahoe Viking volleyball team cruise to their second victory in as many days, beating host North Valleys 15-12, 15-7 and 15-8 in Nevada 4A volleyball.

With top hitter Jessica Dilegame out with the flu, the Vikings all stepped it up, including an awesome effort by Brittany Young off the bench.

Young fired down seven kills off, while senior setter Jessica Urreaga distributed the ball well with 20 assists.

The Vikings, who improve their league record to 5-2, will look for continued success tomorrow when they travel to Reed.

STHS Girls Soccer

For 80 minutes Saturday, the South Tahoe Lady Vikings and the Carson High Senators battled to a scoreless tie. But a late Senator goal was the difference as Carson came away with a 1-0 victory in a Nevada 4A soccer match at South Tahoe Middle School.

In a game that saw Viking goalkeeper Lindsey Douglas play exceptionally well with 10 saves, it was unfortunate that a late one snuck in.

The goal came in the 83rd minute when a Senator midfielder struck the ball from outside the 18-yard box and found the top-right corner of the net.

While the Vikings did not get the desired outcome, they certainly weren’t hanging their heads.

“Even though we turned out with a loss, we accomplished all of our short term goals we set for this game,” Viking coach Julia Russell said. “We came away feeling really good about the way we played.”

WHS Girls Soccer

The Whittell High girls soccer squad traveled to North Tahoe Saturday and were served a 8-0 pummeling off the feet of the host Lakers in Nevada 3A soccer.

“North Tahoe is as good of a team that I’ve seen,” Warrior coach Mike Leeper said. “They are definitely the frontrunners for the state championship.”

While Warrior goalkeeper Elise Thomas did manage to save quite a few Laker shots, their offense was just too powerful for the young Warrior squad.

“The girls have nothing to be ashamed of,” Leeper said. “This game gives them a nice target to shoot for.”

The Warriors will look to get things going Wednesday when they entertain Fernley at 3 p.m. in Zephyr Cove.

WHS Xcountry

Competing in an interesting relay format, the Whittell High cross country team ran to a second-place finish in a Nevada 2A meet Friday at Incline Village.

“It was a really interesting relay,” Warrior coach Brian Rippet said. “The kids were excited to do it.”

The relay-style event allowed coaches to send runners out on the 1.75 mile course in teams of two, comprised of either girl-girl, boy-girl or boy-boy. The runners were staggered in increments of two minutes with the girl-girl teams starting first and the boy-boy teams starting last.

The Warriors put together some effective teams that led to their second-place finish with a score of 36. Host Incline took first with a 34 and North Valleys and High Sierra rounded out the standings with a 59 and 94, respectively.

For the Warriors, Chad Gerken and Christina Arana finished fourth overall with a time of 21:54. Jarret Guajardo and Justin Alexander came in fifth with a time of 21:01, while Ben Johnson and Kim McGlothlin finished sixth at 23:02.

Other notables for the Warriors were Mike Komorowski and Brian Beebe’s 10th place with a time of 21:46 and Daniel Wines and Mike “Hollywood” Chilton’s 11th-place result of 22:01.

The Warriors look for continued success this Wednesday when they host the Incline dual in Zephyr Cove. Boys will kick off the meet at 3:30 p.m., while the girls will run at 4 p.m.

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