Whittell’s zone hopes hang by a thread
Whittell High School’s boys’ soccer team showed the third place team in the 3A Lake Division that it wants a crack at the regional tournament.
Truckee (11-2-0) narrowly defeated Whittell 1-0 on Monday.
Head coach Steve Maltase said the goal occurred when Nestor Flores went to clear the ball on a header, but was unable to connect when a defender stepped on his foot.
The ball went over his head and to a waiting Wolverine.
“From start to finish it was a pretty evenly played game. They just caught a break,” Maltase said.
Whittell (7-7-0) is currently in fourth place in the Northern 3A Lake Division with 21 points.
Truckee, at third, has a solid lead with 33 points, and trails North Tahoe (39) and Incline (26).
However, Whittell has a two-point lead over Battle Mountain (6-8-1), the third-place team in the Sagebrush Division.
The top six teams from the Northern League, based on regular season standings, qualify for the single elimination league tournament.
Currently, Whittell is tied with Lowry at 21 for fifth overall.
Whittell faces Manogue, Right of Passage and Truckee in its last three games.
It defeated Manogue (6-4-1) earlier this year 3-0 and ROP (1-9-0) solidly at 10-2.
“Both are must wins,” Maltase said of the two rematches.
Truckee, too, may prove to be critical rematch.
Whittell face Manogue on the road on Friday at 5 p.m.
Truckee defeated Whittell’s girls’ soccer team 3-0 on Monday.
Whittell coach Mike Leeper said the girls didn’t come out ready to play for the full 80 minutes and it cost them the game.
“I never know what we’re going to get …” he said. “If we come out and play hard were as good as anybody.”
Leeper said Whittell (6-4-3) has a “must win” game at Manogue on Friday to make the playoffs.
Currently, Whittell is in third place in the Northern 3A Lake Division with 21 points. Truckee leads with 27, followed by North Tahoe (25). Incline is fourth (17), followed closely by Manogue (16).
Spring Creek (11-2-1) leads in the Sagebrush Division, followed by Lowry (19) and Yerington (10).
Darin Olde can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (530) 542-8008.
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