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Wooster stuns STHS boys

Jeremy Evans

The Wooster boys’ soccer team did more than beat South Tahoe 3-2 in a Sierra League match on Saturday at the Community Youth Sports Complex. The Colts’ victory also created an interesting final day of the regular season.

With the win, the Colts have moved into a tie with Reno for fourth place in the standings at 6-4-3 (24 points). The Vikings (14-4-3) are in third place at 7-3-2 (24 points) and finish the season at first-place Douglas tonight at 7 in Minden.

“Coach Ed (McClain) and I have been bonking our heads together like crazy to figure this out,” STHS coach Chris DeLeon said of the playoff seeding. “If we all end up tying, it looks like Wooster goes, but Reno and us are still tied. We might have to do it like the movie “Friday Night Lights” and flip a coin in a restaurant or something.”

While that’s a possibility, it appears the Vikings are in good shape to make the Northern 4A regional tournament.

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If the South Tahoe ties or beats Douglas, the Vikings are a No. 3 seed. But if South Tahoe loses to Douglas – and if Reno and Wooster win their games today against Damonte and Hug, respectively – there would be a three-way tie for the final two Northern 4A regional tournament berths.

The first criteria, according to the NIAA handbook, is to create a mini-standings between the three tied teams. This would leave Wooster with a 2-2 record and the Colts would get the No. 3 spot.

Reno and South Tahoe, though, would still be tied for the No. 4 seed at 1-1-2, which would force, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s understanding, the two teams to use the NIAA’s tiebreaker rule for when two teams are tied.

In that situation, Reno and South Tahoe would use the fourth criteria, which is the team with the fewest total goals given up to all scheduled league opponents would clinch the final playoff berth.

Going into today’s final regular season game, the Vikings have allowed 12 goals in 13 games. Reno, meanwhile, has allowed 18 goals in 13 games. If both teams end up allowing the same amount of goals, the fifth criteria would be a coin flip.

“Or we can take care of business against Douglas,” DeLeon said.

Omar Reyes and Brian Walker scored the Vikings’ goals against Wooster, which went up 1-0 in the first half and never trailed. In the JV game, Wooster and South Tahoe battled to a 2-2 tie. Giovanni Perez and Mauricio Vargas accounted for the Vikings’ scoring.

Fox, Vath score for STHS girls

Alli Fox scored twice and added an assist, while Karli Vath also added two goals for the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team in its 7-1 Sierra League win over Wooster on Saturday at the Community Youth Sports Complex.

Sarah Burks contributed three assists for the Vikings, who also got goals from Bree Norton, Janelle Perasso and Tess Braun. Marissa Davis and Morgan Cook added assists. Wooster’s only goal came in the first half on own goal.

The Vikings (19-2 overall, 13-0 league) close out the regular season against Douglas Tuesday night at 7 in Minden. STHS has already clinched the league title and will be a No. 1 seed at this week’s Northern 4A regional tournament.

WHS boys continue hot streak

Freshman Cody Williams scored his 17th goal of the season to help lead the Whittell boys’ soccer team to a 2-1 nonleague win over Spring Creek on Friday in Zephyr Cove. Christian Hernandez scored off a corner kick from Paul Waite in the 68th minute to make it 2-0 for the Warriors.

The Spartans scored their only goal in the 76th minute.

“I thought Todd Hayes played excellent at sweeper and, as a team, we played really well,” said WHS coach Steve Maltase. “It was one of those physical games and it was intense the whole way.”

Whittell has won three straight games and will take a 10-12-3 record into Tuesday’s 3A Tahoe League match against North Tahoe in Tahoe City.

WHS girls suffer another loss

The Whittell girls’ soccer team suffered its third consecutive loss after a 3-0 nonleague setback to Spring Creek on Friday in Zephyr Cove. The Warriors also lost to Fernley in a nonleague match last Thursday in Zephyr Cove and haven’t won since a 2-1 victory over North Shore power Incline on Oct. 9.

“We’re in a little bit of a slump right now,” said WHS first-year coach Tony Cormier. “We’re missing a few players and we have a few players injured. We’re trying to turn it around.”

Whittell (13-6-1 overall, 2-3-1 league) plays a 3A Tahoe League game at North Tahoe on Tuesday and hosts Sparks on Thursday in Zephyr Cove.

STHS JVs blow out Colts

Marisol Lizaola, Yesi Jaimes and Jazzmine Kostelnik all scored two goals apiece to lead the South Tahoe girls’ JV soccer team to a 13-0 Sierra League victory over Wooster on Saturday at the Community Youth Sports Complex.

Shelbi Spicer added a goal and three assists. Erika Cook, Natalie Flynn, Becky Bruce, Ashley Killeen, Marina Palmieri and Micala Segars all scored goals. The Vikings, who haven’t allowed a goal all season, finish the season against Douglas on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Minden.


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