Vikings top defending state champs, Warriors split with Manogue
Several position changes by South Tahoe High coach Joe Winters figured into outcome of the Vikings’ nonleague boys soccer match with Reed on Wednesday at South Tahoe Middle School.
Winters moved Leon Abravanel from the midfield to forward, and Abravanel took kindly to his new position, assisting on the game’s only goal in the 69th minute in STHS’s 1-0 win.
“He did a great job of running down a through ball in the corner and dropping it back Armando (Sanchez) just outside the penalty box and he hit it low and hard in the corner of the net,” Winters said.
The victory over the defending state champions lifted the Vikings’ overall record to 6-2-1.
“It meant a lot to us in the sense that they were the ones who knocked us out in the zone championship on PKs last year,” Winters said.
Before the game-winner, the Vikings were unable to capitalize on a decided edge in ball possession.
“We had a lot of chances and just couldn’t put it away, and we had a lot of opportunities and didn’t take the shot,” Winters said.
The Vikings outshot the Raiders 13-7, but “the best part of our game was our defense,” Winters said. “The guys in the back did a good job of keeping Reed from getting any good shots off.”
Viking defenders Greg Hamm, Travis Martin, Tim Head and Noe Estrada made a shutout easier for goalie Peter Chiarpotti, who made seven saves.
STHS, 6-2-1 overall and 4-2 in the Sierra Division, plays at Wooster at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Viking JV ran its unbeaten record to 8-0 with a 3-2 triumph over Reed on Wednesday. Victor Mariscal scored twice and Tony Garcia scored once.
The defense was led by center back Mik Gadomski.
Freshman Kaitlin Green figured in both of the Whittell’s goals as the Warriors upset Bishop Manogue 2-1 in a Nevada 3A girls soccer match Wednesday in Reno.
The win vaulted the Warriors (6-2-2) ahead of Manogue and into third place behind Truckee and North Tahoe.
Green assisted on Whittell’s first goal, which Janette Bak put in the back of the net on a crossing pass. Manogue tied the score on a cornerkick before halftime, but the Warriors took the lead for good on Green’s blast in the 65th minute.
Sophomore goalie Elise Thomas made the one-goal lead stand up.
“We’re making good strides,” said Warrior coach Mike Leeper. “Honestly, I didn’t know how it would go this season with such a young team.”
Besides Green’s heroics, Leeper was impressed with the play of forward Jackie Laurian and the return of center-midfielder Heather O’Brien.
Whittell (10-3-2 overall) plays host to Truckee on Saturday.
Whittell High lost a chance to enhance its boys soccer playoff chances Wednesday, but the fifth-place Warriors lost a Nevada 3A match at Manogue 3-2.
Nestor Flores scored on a free kick and unassisted to tie the score each time the Miners took the lead. But the Miners grabbed the lead for good with 30 minutes left and held on.
Despite an impressive 6-3-1 league record, the Warriors are buried in fifth place in their highly competitive six-team division. Only the top four teams go to the playoffs, and Truckee, North Tahoe, Incline and Mangoue currently occupy those positions.
“We can make a run,” said WHS coach Steve Maltase. “We played pretty well with a limited lineup. I was proud of the younger guys out there. We just need to cut down on our mistakes.”
Whittell, 9-4-2 overall, plays at ROP on Friday and entertains Truckee on Saturday.
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