Whittell loses finales to Truckee
Nestor Flores could hardly see his first shot. The second shot was no clearer.
But Truckee’s Daniel Galvin managed to find both during a late autumn game to hold Whittell scoreless in its final 2002 league performance.
It’s the first time Flores hasn’t scored on a penalty kick this year. And Galvin stopped both, although he stepped forward before the whistle on the first attempt, which gave Flores a second chance.
“Missing two PKs was a surprise for me because I don’t usually miss two in a row.” Flores said. “I missed a couple goals in this game and had an off day today.”
As the sun set and darkness crept over Warrior field, it seemed that all of the Whittell Warriors had an off day.
As a result, the Wolverines won 2-0 and left the Warriors with a bitter season finale heading toward zone.
One final pang of defeat likely stuck with head Warrior coach Steve Maltase, who hasn’t beaten Truckee in his tenure as soccer coach at Whittell.
“We played well enough to win … but it’s still not good enough,” Maltase said after the game.
Maltase praised his team for strong play and chided them for not capitalizing on opportunities.
“We can’t afford to blow opportunities against good teams,” he said.
Especially if Whittell is the No. 4 team to make the playoffs from the 3A Lake Division, which is the likely result of Tuesday’s game.
Bishop Manogue (7-6-1) trails Whittell by five points in league. It has to beat the top two teams in league to oust the Warriors from zone.
If Whittell makes the playoffs, they’ll face a tough battle in the first round against the No. 1 seed from the Sagebrush Division.
“I take some of the blame because I don’t think we practiced well enough Monday,” Maltase said.
As a result, the next few Warrior practices should be tough.
But that, he said, is exactly what the team needs.
The Wolverines had their way with Whittell’s girls’ soccer team Tuesday, defeating the Warriors 3-0 and making Elise Thomas a star.
Thomas, an all-league, all-state player as a sophomore, stopped 22 shots and kept the Warriors in the game.
“As far as opposing keepers go, that’s probably one of the best ones we’ve seen all year,” said Wolverines’ head coach Kyle Adams.
Head Warrior coach Mike Leeper said Thomas made a “super effort” on an otherwise disappointing day of soccer.
The Warriors finished the season in third place at 8-5-3 in the Nevada 3A Lake Division.
They start as the third seed in the 3A Northern Region Championship, which begins Nov. 7.
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