Warriors, Vikings start out on top
What a start to the prep soccer season for South Shore teams.
Both South Tahoe and Whittell girls’ teams captured first place in tournaments that concluded on Saturday.
Whittell blanked two opponents and compiled a 12-2 goal edge in winning the Quincy Tournament. Junior midfielder Megan Alexander and junior defender Natalie Daly were selected to the all-tournament team.
South Tahoe only surrendered two goals in winning five games and capturing the Galena Tournament for the second straight season.
Megan Cook scored the equalizing goal in regulation and the game-deciding goal in a shootout as the Vikings edged the tournament hosts 2-1 (7-6). Goalie Candance Prescott made two crucial saves during the shootout victory over the reigning Northern 4A champions.
Coach Clint Lockhart substituted freely, giving the 20-player roster a sense of purpose and involvement.
“The biggest key for us is the girls came together and played as a team,” Lockhart said. “The chemistry is great, morale is real high right now and we’re hoping to build on it.”
South Tahoe (5-0) opened the tournament by edging McQueen 2-1 on Friday. Tess Braun and Karli Vath accounted for STHS’s goals.
On Saturday morning, South Tahoe blanked Spanish Springs 1-0 and defending 3A state champion North Tahoe 3-0. Vath’s goal on a feed from Cassidy Burg 10 minutes into the second half sealed Spanish Springs’ fate. Vath, Cook and Burg each scored in the runaway win over North Tahoe.
In the semfinals, South Tahoe again delivered on defense, shutting out Reed 2-0. Cook and Bree Norton each stretched the net.
After finishing runner-up at Quincy a year ago, the Warriors were too balanced on offense to be denied the first-place trophy on Saturday. Six different Warriors scored as the team posted three wins in the round-robin format.
Sasha Rupp scored twice and freshman goalie Hannah Daly turned away seven shots in a 2-0 triumph over Portola on Friday. Marissa McKool and Megan Alexander were credited with assists. The offense really came together in a 7-2 throttling of Chester, Calif., on Saturday. Hannah Daly and Marissa McKool netted two goals apiece, while Rupp, Tierney McKool and Kaitlin Potnick scored once.
In their final game, the Warriors shut out tournament host Quincy 3-0 as three different players found the net. Alexander, Hannah Daly and Marissa collected a goal, while Austyn Harrington picked up an assist.
“We have a lot more depth, and after having one go-to player last year we have a lot of different girls who can score now,” said Whittell coach Lydia von Rumpf.
Whittell opens league play on Tuesday when Truckee, a state semifinals a year ago, visits Zephyr Cove at 3 p.m.
“They are excited about the game and we’re glad we had a chance to work out the kinks in games beforehand,” von Rumpf said.
The Grizzlies won’t have to wait long to get another shot at the Vikings. The teams play at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at South Tahoe Middle School.
“They are a high-caliber team and they will be a tough opponent for us,” Lockhart said.
South Tahoe’s JV girls’ team also advanced to the finals at the McQueen Tournament. They lost a shootout to Galena in the finals.
Warriors bounce back at Quincy
A pair of tough-luck defeats to open the season didn’t spoil the Whittell High boys’ soccer team’s finish at the Quincy Tournament on Saturday.
Whittell recovered from an 0-2 start to win three straight games and place third in the 15-team tournament in Quincy, Calif.
The Warriors dropped games to Liberty Christian of Redding 2-0 and Tule Lake 2-1 on Friday. In the latter game, Marty Rahbeck deposited Jonathan Sosa’s long throw-in pass into the back of the net for a 1-0 halftime lead. But Tule Lake scored twice on penalty kicks in the second half to pull out the win.
The results were much better for the Warriors on Saturday. Whittell resumed play with a 3-0 blanking of Plumas Christian as Rahbeck scored twice and Gabriel Camargo once.
The Warriors added another shutout against Portola. Sosa scored on a penalty kick and and Camargo scored his second goal of the tournament in the 2-0 victory.
In the third-place match, Whittell outlasted University Prep of Redding 2-1 in a shootout. Kirk Baines tallied the Warriors’ goal in regulation, and goalkeeper Casey Kaleta made the decisive save in the shootout. University Prep only converted one of five attempts in the shootout.
“I wish we would have had a different pairing because we played our strongest foes on the first day,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “We had trouble on the first day putting the ball in the net, but we played good.”
Whittell welcomes Truckee for a 5 p.m. match on Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.
Vikings receive early wake-up call
A surprising first-day loss to the Reed Raiders woke up the defending Nevada 4A state champion boys’ soccer team on Friday.
Reed shocked South Tahoe 2-1 in the Galena Tournament, but the Vikings rebounded to win their pool and finish second to Truckee.
“Our guys really turned around and we learned a lot of things,” said STHS Chris DeLeon. “I really saw some magic in their eyes again. It should be a fun season.”
Onesided victories over McQueen (3-0), Incline (4-0) and Reno (2-0) propelled the Vikings into a championship with Truckee. The Wolverines and Vikings played to a 0-0 tie, forcing a five-player shootout.
The teams remained tied through five shots, with Truckee prevailing when the shootout reached sudden death in the sixth round.
Brian Garcia scored the Vikings’ lone goal against Reed in the first half. The Raiders scored twice after the break to pull off the upset, forcing some lineup changes by DeLeon for Saturday. The changes made a difference, especially on defense as the Vikings went unscored upon in the four matches.
In the 3-0 blitzing of McQueen, three different Vikings found the net. Corey Volkmar scored on a header, Osvaldo Lizaola netted his first varsity goal and Anthony Demarta cashed in a free kick.
Ian Chandler scored the Vikings’ first two goals in the rout of Incline. David Schue and Brian Walker closed out the scoring, with Walker’s goal being his first as a varsity member.
Reno brought a physical game to Game 4, but the Vikings weren’t the ones hurting when it was over. Lizaola and Demarta each scored in the 2-0 victory.
Rice, Andes Munoz, Max Cerceo and Diego Villagrana made South Tahoe’s defense hum on Saturday, simplifying Alfredo Solorio’s job between the posts.
Volkmar, Munoz, Solorio and Villagrana each scored during the shootout with Truckee.
The Vikings will return to action against Galena on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at South Tahoe Middle School.