Warriors stumble into big match with North Tahoe
Maybe a home match with North Tahoe is what the struggling Whittell High Warriors boys’ soccer team needs.
The Warriors, who lost their second straight Nevada 3A Lake Division game on Saturday in Winnemucca, will meet 2000 state champion North Tahoe today at 5 p.m. in Zephyr Cove.
Whittell (2-2) needs a confidence-building performance to remain in the upper half of the division standings.
“I don’t think they comprehend the consequences of those two losses,” said WHS coach Steve Maltase of the losses to Yerington and Lowry. “We lost to two teams we should have beaten.”
A penalty kick by Nestor Flores put WHS ahead 1-0 10 minutes into the Lowry game. However, the Buckaroos scored the equalizer before halftime and the game-winner with 8 minutes remaining.
According to Maltase, Flores was tripped in the box inside the final 3 minutes, but a penalty kick wasn’t called.
“Our work ethic hasn’t been very good in the last couple of games,” Maltase said. “But I think we’ll come out with some fire (today). I think they are disappoint in last weekend they’re going to show a lot of pride.”
The girls’ game precedes the boys at 3 p.m. North Tahoe was runner-up in the 3A Lake Division last year with a 13-1-1 mark and a state semifinalist.
Girls raise record to division record to 4-1
The Warrior girls’ soccer team defeated Lovelock on Friday and Lowry on Saturday in Winnemucca.
The Warriors squeeked past the Lowry Buckaroos 1-0. Friday’s score was unavailable.
The victories put the team’s record at 7-1-0 overall and 4-1-0 in the 3A Lake Division.
Vikings smoke Hug
South Tahoe’s soccer teams sent Hug High School home with some lumps– 23 of them, in fact.
The girls’ soccer team defeated Hug 12-1 Saturday, while the boys’ team defeated Hug 11-0.
Girls’ varsity coach Julia Russell said Hug didn’t have a varsity team, and thus the Vikings played the junior varsity.
They would have stretched their shutout one more game but made a mistake in the first half, passing the ball to one of Hug’s forwards right in front of the net.
The score ended their three-game shutout streak but made little difference in the outcome of the game.
The scoring bonanza started off in the first 40 seconds with a cross by Lauren Bachelder to Tiffany Vondiemar for a header.
The Vikings then scored six more goals before the end of the half.
“We came out strong,” Russell said. “We really worked on our crossing and tried to play a possession game with low pressure defense.”
Renee LaForce led the team with one goal and three assists. Tiffany VonDiemer had two goals.
The boys’ team also enjoyed a scoring frenzy with Alex Torres’ three goals and assist.
Leon Abravanel had a goal and three assists. Corey Vermillion collected three assists and Noe Estrada had two goals and an assist.
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