Chapel goal lifts NU to win |

Chapel goal lifts NU to win

The Nevada Union boys soccer team needed someone – anyone – to make a play in its Metro Conference showdown with visiting Woodland Tuesday.

The score was tied 0-0 late in the second half when Darren Chapel gave the Miner fans a reason to cheer.

The junior forward scored from short range from a Kyle McTighe pass with four minutes left to lift the Miners to a 1-0 win at Sierra College’s Rotary Fields.

“Kyle gave me a beautiful pass. I just put my foot to it and got a lucky bounce,” Chapel said.

The Miners (10-2-3 overall, 3-1 Metro), who dropped a key decision to Kennedy of Sacramento last week, needed the win to stay in the hunt for the league title and keep their postseason hopes alive.

“This was a very important win, with us battling it out with Woodland, Kennedy and Yuba City for a chance to go to the playoffs,” NU head coach Mike Voss said.

Woodland’s offense had its chances throughout the match, but couldn’t break through.

Voss credited the play of goalkeeper Cody Bielen, who totaled eight saves in his 10th shutout of the season, and defender Phillip Plant, in keeping the Wolves at bay.

“Ten shutouts speaks for itself. The defense is comfortable enough with him back there that they can overplay and (know he’ll pick up the slack),” Voss said. “And Paul is our glue (in the back). He’ll make one or two errors on the overplay a game, but he’ll save us at least 10-12 times a game.”

The Miners will play at Yuba City 7 p.m. Thursday.

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