Vikings move closer to Sierra Division soccer title |

Vikings move closer to Sierra Division soccer title

As satisfying as South Tahoe’s 3-1 boys’ soccer victory over Elko was on Saturday, it was dwarfed by Carson’s 0-0 tie with Wooster.

The Senators’ unexpected tie with the winless Colts will enable STHS to clinch the Sierra Division title by beating North Valleys on Wednesday.

Corey Vermillion scored the go-ahead goal on a pass from Leon Abravanel and Abravanel added insurance with the lone goal of the second half as the Vikings downed a playoff team in Elko.

“I’m real excited getting to play Elko, North Valleys and Carson in our last three games,” said STHS coach Joe Winters. “It gives us something to focus on and gives our guys a playoff feel so they won’t be so nervous when they get in the bigger games.”

STHS (8-0-2 in division and 16-0-2 overall) got another strong performance from sweeper Tim Head, according to Winters. Darren Perrucci scored the Vikings’ first goal in the ninth minute off a throw-in from Alex Torres. Elko tied in the 25th minute on a penalty kick.

WHS battles Incline to finish

A 2-1 loss to Incline on Saturday didn’t help Whittell High boys’ soccer team’s playoff cause directly, but perhaps it did so indirectly.

“I think we gained some confidence,” said WHS coach Steve Maltase, whose Warriors begin a three-game stretch this week which will ultimately determine their playoff fate.

“We tried a lot of combinations and learned a lot from that game.”

Incline, which defeated the Warriors 4-1 in their first meeting, took a 2-0 lead with goals in the 30th and 44th minutes.

However, the Warriors made the Highlanders squirm when Nestor Flores converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute. Flores nearly knotted the score with 2 minutes left, but his 18-yard attempt went over the goal.

Whittell (7-6) plays at Truckee today at 4 p.m., at Manogue on Friday and at ROP on Saturday.

Laurian scores in nick of time

Jackie Laurian scored the equalizer with 3 minutes left as Whittell High’s girls’ soccer team escaped with a 2-2 tie with Incline on Saturday in Zephyr Cove.

“As good as we played against North Tahoe, we played as bad against Incline,” said WHS coach Mike Leeper, referring to the Warriors’ 0-0 tie with North Tahoe on Wednesday. “From a coaching standpoint, it was frustrating that they weren’t more fired up.”

Kaitlin Green scored the Warriors’ first goal.

Whittell, 7-3-3 in the Nevada 3A Lake Division, plays at Truckee today at 2 p.m.

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