Warriors keep other team firing blanks
Three games, three shutouts.
Whittell High’s girls’ soccer team blanked its third straight opponent — Quincy — 2-0 in a nonleague match Thursday in Zephyr Cove.
Senior Jenna Hayes scored on a penalty kick with 12 minutes left in the opening half and Jannette Bak found the net 10 minutes later to complete the scoring. Allison Dunleavy assisted on the latter goal.
Senior goalie Elise Thomas, an all-leaguer for the past three years, recorded her third shutout in succession.
“They played real well,” said WHS coach Jane Gadbois. “They need to get in a little better shape before the start of our league, but that will come.”
Whittell will get in a good workout over the next two days, playing two games each day in a tournament in Winnemucca. Fernley, Lowry and Battle Mountain are among the teams the Warriors will play.
Quincy ties WHS late
Quincy scored two goals in the last 5 1/2 minutes, including one with 10 seconds left, to tie Whittell 2-2 in a nonleague boys’ soccer match Thursday in Zephyr Cove.
Italo Ferreira opened the scoring for Whittell in the first half and Tim Prebezac’s goal made it 2-0 in the second half.
The Warriors (1-4-2) will participate in the Lowry tournament today and Saturday in Winnemucca.
Vikings sweep Truckee
Both the South Tahoe boys and girls’ soccer teams picked up wins over Truckee Thursday afternoon, with the girls at home and the boys on the road.
The girls got a 6-2 win behind two goals by Kelly Meyer, one from Stacey Volkmar and a “hat trick” of three goals from Cybil Robinson.
“Our win can be attributed to the play of the whole team, but especially our midfield,” said Vikings coach Julia Russell. “In the first half we kind of lost control. Truckee was a very tough team. We went into the half 3-2 and we were back on our heals, no doubt. But our midfield came out in the second half and got it back together for us.”
Russell credited the play of midfielders Tracy Ketelsen, Megan Roberto and Nolie Pierini.
“Those three girls really allowed us to make those goals and get the win,” she added.
The Vikings girls’ team is now 3-0-1 on the season with an upcoming match on Saturday at Wooster beginning at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, the boys’ team continued its winning ways with a 7-0 thumping of Truckee, a 3A school that had already gotten wins over a couple of 4A teams this season.
“It was a good game in the sense of that the score was close, because we were only up 1-0 at halftime,” said boys’ coach Joe Winters. “Their field was really small. We like to spread the game out a little bit and use a lot of space to capitalize on our passing and that was difficult to do.
“They were physically tougher than some of the other teams we’ve played,” he added. “They had pretty good team speed and they were relatively aggressive and I think they are comparable to quite a few 4A schools.”
Leon Abravanel got the team’s first-half goal in the seventh minute off an assist by Chris Borek.
“Chris crossed the ball and Leon brought it down and got it into the net so it was a nice goal,” Winters said.
The Vikings didn’t really open up the quick scoring that has become the team’s hallmark until the second half.
Corey Vermillion scored in the 44th minute off a pass from Victor Mariscal, then followed it up in the 60th minute with another score from an Alex Yure assist. Enrique Avina scored for the Vikings in the 75th minute with help from J.J. Torres, who also assisted on two Mariscal goals in the 79th and 81st minute of play.
The game ended on a South Tahoe penalty kick put through by Devin Blann.
“It got a little rough at the end,” Winters said. “They had beaten a couple of 4A schools at the Galena tournament and I think they believed they should have beaten us. They were a little frustrated.”
The Vikings play Saturday at Wooster beginning at 1 p.m.