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Whittell girls soccer suffers first loss, falls at North Tahoe 2-1

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com
Whittell midfielder Gigi Stetler turns upfield against North Tahoe’s Talia Garcia Nevarez in the Warriors’ 2-1 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — It was apparent throughout Wednesday’s league game between the Whittell and North Tahoe girls soccer teams that neither side was going to pull away.

After the visiting Warriors snapped a scoreless tie in the 38th minute, the Lakers answered with two unanswered goals in the second half to eke out a 2-1 win. It was Whittell’s first loss in the 2015 season.

“I thought we played fantastic today,” said North Tahoe coach Stephanie Bales. “The girls did a good job playing their possession game and were very aggressive.”

While the Warriors (2-1 Div. III) look capable of defending their state championship title, they certainly miss the loss of their talented senior class from last season, as well as 2014 league MVP Kenya Maltase, who transferred to South Tahoe for her senior year.

“We definitely lost some key players from last year. Depth is where we’re lacking,” said first-year Whittell coach Stephanie Shamo, who shares coaching duties with David Caputo and Nick Arbelaez.

Whittell freshman Anna White put the Warriors on the board with a goal assisted by junior Ali Copsy with two minutes to spare in the first half.

North Tahoe (2-0-1) battled to knot the score early in the second frame, as standout senior forward Bryn Anderson found the net on an assist from freshman AJ Hurt.

Hurt gave the Lakers the lead in the 61st minute, assisted by Jillian Ferre, and North Tahoe held on for the remaining 20 minutes for the win.

Sophomore goalie Rosalinda Juarez helped preserve the lead with a fine second half, highlighted by a charging save on a breakaway run by Whittell junior Gigi Stetler.

“I think (the win) definitely gives us a big boost of confidence and lets the girls know they can compete against good teams,” Bales said.

The Lakers entered the game on the heels of a 4-4 tie at Pershing County last Friday and a 9-0 win over Battle Mountain on Saturday.

Whittell returned to action at home Friday, Sept. 18, against Battle Mountain. The Warriors host Pershing County Saturday, Sept. 19 — kickoff is scheduled for 10 a.m.