Whittell ties league power Truckee
ZEPHYR COVE – In the past few years, Truckee, Incline and North Tahoe have considered the Whittell girls’ soccer team a guaranteed victory on their respective schedules.
With goals from Tierney McKool and Sasha Rupp, the Warriors held a 2-1 lead against Truckee before the Wolverines scored a late goal to salvage a 2-2 Tahoe League tie on Tuesday at Whittell High School. In one-goal losses to North Tahoe and Incline earlier this season, Whittell also held leads.
“Somebody said we haven’t scored a goal against Truckee in five or six years,” said WHS first-year coach Tony Cormier, whose team now is 11-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in league. “We weren’t in those games before. Now we’re in these games. Hopefully in the next round of league games we can win one of them.”
Stephanie O’Neill scored both of Truckee’s goals, including one in the third minute that gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. But in the 32nd minute, the Warriors’ Tierney McKool tied the game when her 35-yard direct kick sailed over the keeper’s arms.
Then six minutes into the second half, WHS forward Rupp was roughed up inside the penalty box and the Warriors were awarded a penalty kick. Rupp collected herself after being fouled and slotted a shot into the side netting for a 2-1 lead.
Truckee found an equalizer of its own in the 72nd minute when Katie Dill got open on the wing and crossed to O’Neill, who buried a shot past Whittell goalie Hannah Daly, who made 16 saves.
The Wolverines missed a penalty kick chance of their own in the 79th minute when Lauren O’Neill’s shot missed wide left.
“I am really happy that we tied … I think it was a great accomplishment for our team because it’s something we have never done before,” McKool said. “Against these top teams, we do well in the beginning of the game and then slow down a little bit. From now on, I just hope we can push ourselves all the way through the game.”
Whittell hosts Yerington in a nonleague game on Saturday in Zephyr Cove.
Truckee boys blank Warriors
The Whittell boys’ soccer team and Truckee battled to a 0-0 tie in the first half, but the Wolverines exploded for five goals in the second half as they notched a 5-0 Tahoe League on Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.
“We held off their attack in the first half and had three or four chances ourselves,” said WHS coach Steve Maltase. “In the second half, they came out with more intensity and were able to convert their chances. It was two totally different games (the first and second half).”
Whittell (7-10-2 overall, 0-4 league) host a nonleague game against Yerington on Saturday.