North Tahoe at Incline soccer: Girls tie, Incline boys roll
Northern Division III standings
Team League Points
Whittell 11-1-2 35
North Tahoe 11-1-2 35
Incline 10-1-3 33
White Pine 7-6 21
West Wendover 5-8 15
Pershing County 3-8-1 10
Battle Mountain 1-11 3
Yerington 0-11 0
Team League Points
Incline 10-2 30
West Wendover 9-1-1 28
North Tahoe 9-3 27
Yerington 4-6-2 14
Battle Mountain 3-7-2 11
White Pine 2-9 6
Whittell 1-10-1 4
The Incline boys soccer team avenged a 2-0 loss at North Tahoe earlier this month with a 5-0 win at Incline on Tuesday.
“(It was a) great game,” said Incline coach Mike Coudriet, whose Highlanders took over first place in the Northern Division III with a 10-2 record. “The boys performed to near perfection. They played hard for the whole 80 minutes.”
Incline wasted little time establishing control and carried a 3-0 lead into the half. Senior All-League goalie Chuy Cordova, who was on his game through the final whistle, made six skilled saves on the night to preserve the shutout.
Edgar Fragosa initiated the scoring on a penalty kick in the first half after Fidel Rodriguez was fouled in the box. Rodriguez pushed the lead to 2-0 when he headed in a cross by Michael Callejas-Castro, and Benji Miranda scored the third goal late in the first half with a well-placed shot off a pass from Victor Herrera.
The Highlanders picked up where they left off in the second frame.
Miranda scored his second goal off a corner kick from Devyn Sutton, and Rodriguez rounded out the scoring with his second goal off a perfectly placed cross from Sutton.
“As a coaching staff — myself, coach Luna and coach Dominguez — we very proud of how well they played,” Coudriet said.
While Incline took over the top spot in the league with 30 points (three points for a win and one point for a tie), West Wendover (9-1-1) will finish one point ahead should the Wolverines defeat White Pine (2-9) on Thursday.
North Tahoe will settle for third place at 9-3, while Yerington holds the fourth and final playoff seed at 4-6-2.
The Incline boys will look to win a fourth consecutive state championship when they host the Division III state championship tournament on Nov. 6-7. Before then, the Highlanders will end the season with a tough nonleague game against Division I-A South Tahoe on Monday, Nov. 2.
Girls draw even
Incline’s girls will have to wait till the postseason for a chance at redemption. After falling 2-1 at North Tahoe on Oct. 2, the Highlanders and Lakers played to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday.
Incline senior Vanessa Andrade scored the 142nd goal of her high school career off an assist from Madio Wallner in the 30th minute, giving the Highlanders a 1-0 lead at the half.
The Lakers picked up their game in the second half and came up with the equalizer with 17 minutes remaining. Freshman AJ Hurt put in the goal on a free kick by Bryn Anderson.
“It was a very high-intensity game from both sides, and we are looking forward to a rematch in the first round of playoffs,” said North Tahoe coach Stephanie Bales.
The tie adjusted Incline’s record to 10-1-3 in the Northern Division III (33 points), while North Tahoe finished at 11-1-2 (35 points). Whittell shares the Lakers’ league record atop the standings, while White Pine holds the fourth playoff seed at 7-6.
Incline will prepare for the Nov. 6-7 state championship tournament with a nonleague game at South Tahoe on Monday. Tuesday’s game was the last of the regular season for North Tahoe