Incline soccer: Highlanders heating up near season’s end
Northern Division III standings
Team League Points
West Wendover 8-1-1 25
North Tahoe 8-2 24
Incline 7-2 21
Yerington 3-4-2 11
Battle Mountain 2-6-2 8
White Pine 2-8 6
Whittell 1-6-1 4
Team League Points
North Tahoe 10-1-1 31
Incline 10-1-1 31
Whittell 10-1-1 31
White Pine 5-6 15
Pershing County 3-6-1 10
West Wendover 3-8 9
Battle Mountain 1-9 3
Yerington 0-8 0
Once again, the Incline soccer teams are poised to make state championship runs.
With the regular season winding down, both the boys and girls teams clinched postseason berths with wins over visiting West Wendover and White Pine this past Friday and Saturday.
The girls defeated the Wolverines 6-0 and the Bobcats 7-1, while the boys routed White Pine 8-0 and avenged a previous loss at West Wendover with a well-earned, 2-1 win.
“It was a great game,” said Incline boys coach Mike Coudriet, whose Highlanders lost 1-0 at West Wendover last month. “It was a great moment for us to beat them at home and show our league who we are.”
Entering Thursday’s league game at Whittell (1-6-1), Incline’s boys are in third place with a 7-2 record in the Northern Division III. West Wendover, which defeated North Tahoe for the second time this season on Saturday, still leads the standings at 8-1-1. North Tahoe is second at 8-2, while Yerington holds the fourth and final playoff seed at 3-4-2. Incline’s boys have won three consecutive state titles.
Incline’s girls are in a three-way tie with North Tahoe and Whittell atop the Northern Division III, all with 10-1-1 records. White Pine, at 5-6, currently owns the fourth playoff seed.
The Highlanders are slated to host the Division III state championship tournament on Nov. 6-7. Because there are no Southern DIII teams, the state tournament will serve as the only postseason tournament.
For the Incline girls, senior Vanessa Andrade scored three goals against West Wendover, and Madio Wallner and Raquel Oliver scored one apiece. Belle Johnson assisted two goals and Lauren Golden contributed one assist.
Andrade put in two more goals against White Pine, while Wallner also scored two goals, and Johnson, Maricruz Infante and Kayla Smothers each scored one. Johnson and Golden each had two assists.
In boys action, Incline and West Wendover played to a scoreless draw through one half. The Wolverines took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick in the second half, which seemed to only fire up the Highlanders. Fidel Rodriguez scored the equalizer on a breakaway, and freshman Ricky Resendiz put in the go-ahead goal on a corner kick.
Against White Pine, Benji Miranda, Resendiz and Chris Contreras each scored two goals, and Victor Herrera and Rodriguez scored one apiece.
The Highlanders play league games at Whittell on Thursday. Incline will then host Yerington on Saturday and North Tahoe next Tuesday to close out the league schedule.