Warrior make it tough on Truckee
For a half, the Whittell High girls soccer team showed that it can compete with seven-time reigning state champion Truckee.
But in the second half Truckee showed why it defeated nationally ranked Carson in the preseason, scoring four answered goals to post a 4-0 nondivision win Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.
“At least we showed that we can play with them, but in those big games you have to put one in the back of the net to stay with it mentally,” said Whittell coach Mike Leeper.
Half of the Warriors’ six defeats and one of their five ties have been to the Wolverines. Truckee has also beaten Whittell 2-1 and 7-1 and fought to a 2-2 tie.
“If ever there was a year they were beatable it’s this year, but they have so much depth. It’s hard to keep the wolves back when they keep bringing them in,” Leeper said.
Solid play by sweeper Megan Glasson, center midfielder Caitlin Fagan and forwards Corky Novotny and Mandy Ralls kept the Warriors close, Leeper said.
Whittell, 11-6-5 overall, will try to improve upon its 4-1-1 Nevada 3A Division II record today when Dayton visits for a 3 p.m. contest at Zephyr Cove Park.
Joe Winters despises ties like the next coach, but South Tahoe High’s 1-1 boys soccer knotting with Reno on Tuesday night was acceptable, and in some ways a minor victory.
STHS’s Jeff Orr scored an unassisted goal from 20 yards out in the 80th minute to tie the Huskies. Ninety seconds later the match ended.
“It’s always frustrating to come away with a loss when you’ve fought so hard. Their hard work was rewarded,” Winters said.
Reno, which beat nationally ranked McQueen last week, scored its goal in the first half, but barely hung on in the final minutes.
“We were pressuring them pretty hard, and if the game would have gone on a few more minutes we probably would have scored another one,” Winters said.
The tie enabled the Vikings (9-5-1) and Huskies (9-6-1) to pull into a second-place tie with Carson (9-6-1) in Division II. The Vikings play at Galena on Thursday.
STHS’s JV lost 5-0.
Goalie Sarah Junge saved the day for the South Tahoe girls soccer team at Reno on Tuesday.
Junge made 18 saves, many of which came in a head-spinning final 10 minutes, as STHS and Reno played to a 0-0 tie.
“It was unbelievable at the end of the game. It was pretty even until the last 10 minutes of the game when Reno really picked it up and started firing away,” said Viking coach Julia Peyser.
The Vikings travel to Galena on Friday.
Reno scored a late goal to win the JV match 3-2.
How good would the South Tahoe High volleyball team be without star players Adrian Hankoff and Alicia Lambert?
The Vikings found out they’re good enough as they swept the Wooster Colts 15-7, 16-14, 15-4 Tuesday in Reno. Lambert, a senior setter, missed the match because of a broken finger, while Hankoff sat out the second and third games to prepare the team for her absence against Reed today. Hankoff will spend the day with the University of Nevada volleyball team on a recruiting visit.
“It took us awhile to settle into our new rotation and then we killed them in the third,” said Viking coach Gary Hankoff. “We’re not playing with a whole lot of confidence right now. Losing to Douglas twice knocked them down a bit. They really are a good team, but they just need to start believing in themselves more.”
Outside hitters Chantel Young and Coral Cortez led the Viking with 12 kills. Courtney Wilson had nine kills and two blocks and Melissa Maxwell pounded eight kills. Young also came through with three blocks.
STHS (12-2) visits Reed today and Carson on Thursday. Hankoff is expected to play against Carson, then will leave for a recruiting trip to Notre Dame. The standout senior also has recruiting visits planned for Georgetown, Indiana and Oregon.
Coach Hankoff hopes to have Lambert back in the lineup by the final regular season match on Oct. 28.
The Viking JV lost in three games and the frosh won.
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