Whittell girls fall one win short of state
The Whittell High girls also scored first in their Northern Nevada 3A Regional Tournament semifinal Friday but the same fate as the boys.
North Tahoe scored three second-half goals on a windy, rainy day in Winnemucca to move into the finals. The Lakers won the championship by beating Truckee 1-0 Saturday.
Jackie Laurian, who scored both of the Warriors’ goals in a 2-1 upset of Spring Creek on Thursday, broke the scoreless tie the 30th minute. But the Lakers owned the second half, scoring early in the second half to set the tone for the remainder of the rematch.
“It took us a little while to find our way, but down stretch we were as good as anybody,” said WHS coach Mike Leeper, whose Warriors finished 8-6-3 and one victory away from qualifying for this week’s state tournament.
“They wore us down. They have lot skills, are well-coached and they are going to be tough to beat at state.”
Goalkeeper Elise Thomas, freshman defender Luana Brinkley and midfielder Jenna Hayes were stellar peformers, according to Leeper.
‘Warriors fall step from potential’
Yerington fired in two goals during a two-minute period last in the first half as the Lions eliminated the Whittell Warriors 4-2 in the Northern Nevada 3A Regional Boys’ Soccer Tournament last Thursday in Winnemucca.
Tim Prebezac scored on a throw-in from Tyson Frederick to give Whittell a 1-0 lead two minutes into the quarterfinal game. However, the Lions scored the equalizer 10 minutes later and then applied the knockout blow with two late first-half goals for a 3-1 edge.
Yerington convered a penalty kick eight minutes into the second half for a 4-1 lead. Whittell’s Mike Prebezac headed in a header from Nestor Flores to cap the scoring with 15 minutes remaining.
“We ended the season strong, but I thought the kids deserved a better ending,” said WHS coach Steve Maltase. “I think we fell a step short of our potential.”
The Warriors finished 9-9 against 3A competition.
Incline captured the regional title with a 3-0 victory over Truckee on Saturday.
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