WHS girls start to believe, tie mighty Lakers
Whittell High’s girls soccer program discovered how good it can be Wednesday in Tahoe City. Playing at North Tahoe, one of the Nevada 3A Lake Division’s elite teams, the Warriors showed the Lakers how far they’ve come since a 7-1 shellacking on Sept. 24.
The Warriors (7-3-1) played the once-beaten Lakers to a 0-0 tie, enhancing their chances of qualifying for the postseason.
“It’s huge,” said WHS coach Mike Leeper, whose team has never beaten the Lakers. “This team is starting to find its way. We had a tremendous effort from everyone who took the field today.
“They now realize they can play with anybody if they believe in themselves.”
Junior goaltender Elise Thomas, who made 12 saves, sees a far different team than the one who played in front of her in September.
“We were a little shaky in the beginning of the year when we didn’t know who was doing what, but now we’re starting to come together as a team and noticing everyone is equal,” Thomas said.
Jenna Hayes, who scored the team’s only goal the last time the teams met in Zephyr Cove, had the best scoring chance, blasting a free kick off the post.
Leeper credited the Warriors’ hustle to win the 50-50 balls, the up-front play of Jackie Laurian and the performance of freshman sweeper Luana Brinkley for earning the tie.
Whittell will welcome Incline for a key Lake Division game Saturday in Zephyr Cove. The Warriors lost 3-2 last time, giving up two late goals.
WHS boys shut out by Lakers
North Tahoe scored a goal with 5 minutes left in each half to beat the Whittell Warriors 2-0 in a Nevada 3A Lake Division boys soccer match Wednesday in Tahoe City.
The Warriors was blitzed 7-0 the last time the teams met, but kept the Lakers in check with more energy and desire.
“Most of the game we had North Tahoe off balance,” said WHS coach Steve Maltase. “We had three or four good opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on.”
The Warriors played without Tyson Frederick and Justin Haynes.
Goalie Devin Farnsworth made 24 saves.
The Warriors (7-5) play host to Incline on Saturday.
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