Whittell win born out of Lovelock | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Whittell win born out of Lovelock

by dan thomas

Without achieving a shot on goal, Lovelock managed to make Wednesday’s soccer match at Whittell interesting, but the Warriors rallied for a 3-1 win.

Whittell scored two second-half goals to hand the visiting Mustangs their first loss of the season. The Warriors improved to 9-6-1 overall, 3-2 in Northern Nevada 3A league play, while Lovelock fell to 2-1-2, with ties against Incline and Bishop Manogue, the league’s top two teams.

“We just stuck to our game,” said Whittell head coach Steve Maltase. “We moved the ball around a lot and didn’t get frustrated.”

Whittell took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute on a goal from freshman Nestor Flores, who has helped power the offense during his first year. Lovelock, though, tied the count eight minutes later, with a long pass that sailed over the head of the Warriors back line and keeper Joe Piccola – it was Piccola’s only significant error, but Lovelock tied the score at halftime.

“He played a great game,” Maltase said of his junior keeper. “He did a nice job.”

The Warriors pulled away in the second half. Junior Dan Faccinetti gave Whittell the lead again in the 55th minute when his shot caromed off the goal’s crossbar, down, and over the line. Flores provided an insurance goal two minutes later.

Whittell is off for the rest of the week, before returning to action at 4 p.m. Monday when Incline visits Zephyr Cove.

Whittell’s girls also picked up a key league win on Wednesday, defeating visiting Lovelock 5-0. The Warriors improved to 10-5 overall, 4-2 in Northern Nevada 3A play. No other information was available by press time, but Whittell’s Warriors kick off Monday’s schedule with a 2 p.m. game against visiting Incline.

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