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Warriors supplant Incline

Steve Yingling

Whittell High’s boys soccer team took over first place in Nevada 3A Division II by edging Incline 1-0 Saturday in Zephyr Cove.

Antonio Flores scored the only goal 13 minutes into the second half. Chris Boudreau set up the goal with one of his patented flip throw-ins, which Dusty Apocotos flicked with his head to Flores, who tucked the shot under the goalie from 12 yards out.

“That’s huge for us,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase, whose team lost 3-1 to Incline earlier in the season. “Our defense deserves a lot of the credit; they’ve played outstanding lately. There weren’t that many scoring chances for Incline.”

Whittell (9-3-2 overall and 5-1 in division play) moved one-half game ahead of 4-1 Incline and Manogue.

“If we win the rest of our games the worst we can do is tie for the playoffs,” Maltase said.

The way the Warriors’ defense is playing a 9-1 division record is definitely possible, a key being moving Todd Echan from striker to sweeper following the loss to Incline.

“It’s improved their confidence and their overall organization,” Maltase said.

Goalie Joe Picolla stopped four shots as the Warriors recorded their fifth shutout in six games.

The Warriors play host to Dayton at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

“This one doesn’t mean anything if we lose to Dayton. At the end of the year we can look back and say this is a great win, but right now it’s just another win,” Maltase said.

Meanwhile, Incline’s girls beat Whittell for the second time, 4-1.

“They came to play and we didn’t,” said Whittell coach Mike Leeper. “Now we dug ourselves a little hole and have to battle to compete for a playoff spot.”

Sabrina Darrow scored Whittell’s only goal.

Whittell (11-5-5 overall) hosts Truckee on Tuesday.

Carson remains unbeaten

Undefeated Carson High (16-0-2) scored two goals in the first half and two more in the second half to blank South Tahoe 4-0 in a girls soccer match on Saturday in Carson City.

“We had a lot of opportunities, but we just couldn’t finish,” said STHS coach Julia Peyser. “Carson connects very well together. They look to pass and create good opportunities, and that’s just one step above us right now.”

Viking junior goalie Sarah Junge made 13 saves.

The Viking JV lost, 3-0.

Vikes rebound from loss

The STHS boys soccer team rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Carson in a key Division II matchup Saturday.

“This was very satisfying, especially coming off the loss to Douglas,” said Viking coach Joe Winters.

The win enabled the Vikings (9-5) to pull within a point of the second-place Senators (9-6-1). However, the Vikings have four games remaining to Carson’s two.

Carson scored 15 minutes into the action, but STHS made some adjustments at the break.

“We were disjointed in the first half. Carson played a lot of long balls, so we had a hard time getting it out of our half of the field,” Winters said.

The Vikings went right to work in the second half. Alex Romagnolo scored on an assist from Jeff Orr for the equalizer at the 46-minute mark. In the 60th minute, Travis McCollum put the Vikings ahead for good on a pass from Miguel Jiminez. Jiminez put away the Senators in the 69th minute, scoring on a rebound off the keeper.

Winters credited Romagnolo, Steve Fruitman, Paul Wilson, Jon McKean and goalie Peter Chiarpotti for their fine defensive work.

On Tuesday night, South Tahoe plays at Reno, which upset nationally ranked McQueen 1-0 last week.

The Viking JV won 4-0.

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