Soccer

Soccer powerhouse matchup ends in draw

Two of the better boys soccer teams in Northern Nevada squared off Wednesday, but neither one can claim superiority, yet.

North Valleys scored in the last minute, off a corner kick by Brian Morales, to tie the game at Wooster, 1-1. That’s where it ended.

Wooster is 5-0-1 and North Valleys is 3-0-2.

Wooster's Max Barainca lets a ball get past him for a goal while taking on North Valleys during their soccer game in Reno on Sept. 21, 2016.

Wooster’s Max Barainca lets a ball get past him for a goal while taking on North Valleys during their soccer game in Reno on Sept. 21, 2016.

Wooster's Max Barainca makes a diving save on a penalty kick while taking on North Valleys during their soccer game in Reno on Sept. 21, 2016.

Wooster’s Max Barainca makes a diving save on a penalty kick while taking on North Valleys during their soccer game in Reno on Sept. 21, 2016.

Wooster's Kendric Duve (10) scores on a corner kick while taking on North Valleys during their soccer game in Reno on Sept. 21, 2016.

Wooster’s Kendric Duve (10) scores on a corner kick while taking on North Valleys during their soccer game in Reno on Sept. 21, 2016.

The Colts scored late in the first half Wednesday off a header by Kendrick Duve.

Last season, the Colts rolled through the regular season, going undefeated, before losing to Carson in both the Region and state championship games.

Wooster coach Jorge Vieyra has many new players this year, and several returners. He said those losses to Carson still haunt him though.

The Colts have three returning starters. One, Cristian Ruelas, is out for a couple weeks with an injury but expected back soon.

Vieyra said he had 70 students try out for the team. He had to cut 18.

“We had way too many numbers. It’s very competitive,” Vieyra said.

He said the Colts are still trying to mesh on the field.

“I’m hoping that the varsity will find their synch. We’ve been struggling a little bit on understanding each other,” Vieyra said. “I’m hoping they will find themselves as we go on and that we grow a little bit.”

Vieyra said he’d rather the Colts were considered the underdog. But he knows those days are in the past.

“Every year I look at my team and I think that we’re the worst team in the league,” Vieyra said.

North Valleys, which won the North Region championship in 2014, has a mix of veterans and young players.

Coach Erik Martinez said his team has struggled against Wooster in recent years.

“Wooster’s a good team, has always been. We’ve been suffering the last few years coming out here,” he said. “We always get our butts whipped out here.”

He told his team at halftime to just play its own game and not worry about winning or losing.

North Valleys had an earlier chance to tie the game when Andrew Carrillo took a penalty kick in the second half, but Wooster goalkeeper Max Barainca dove to his left and blocked it.

Carson, the defending Region and state champion, is strong again this season, although North Valleys took a 2-1 win at Carson last Saturday.

“It was as hard as it could be. A really hard-fought game,” Martinez said of that win.

Spanish Springs and Galena are also off to good starts.

“Spanish Springs is really solid. They’ve got a lot of talent over there. They’re starting to put things together and they’re going to be one of our biggest rivals,” Martinez said.

North Valleys plays at Reed on Saturday, hosts Damonte Ranch on Monday, then is at Spanish Springs on Wednesday.

Wooster hosts Damonte on Saturday and Galena on Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, Spanish Springs beat Manogue, 6-1, Galena beat Reed, 5-0 and Carson beat McQueen, 7-2.

Northern Division 4A

Boys Soccer Standings

HIGH DESERT Wins Losses Ties Points

Spanish Springs 4 2 0 12

North Valleys 3 0 2 11

Reno 2 3 0 6

Reed 1 4 1 4

McQueen 1 5 0 3

Hug 1 4 0 3

SIERRA Wins Losses Ties Points

Wooster 5 0 1 16

Carson 5 1 0 15

Galena 4 1 1 13

Damonte Ranch 2 2 0 6

Douglas 1 3 1 4

Bishop Manogue 1 5 0 3

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