Miners soccer boys make playoffs
The Nevada Union boys soccer team clinched its first-ever playoff berth with its 2-2 tie at Woodland Thursday.
The Miners, who entered the game one-half game behind league leader Kennedy of Sacramento, can finish no lower than third in the Metro Conference.
Kyle McTighe converted a Brian Garnder corner kick into goal to give the Miners an early lead.
Woodland tied it up later in the first half, but NU wasn’t done yet. After the break, Luke Stratigakes drilled a direct kick from 35 yards to help the visitors regain the lead.
The Wolves, who outshot NU 17-12, answered with another goal to knot the score at 2-2.
NU goalkeeper Cody Bielen finished with 10 saves.
The Miners will play under the lights at Hooper Stadium against Yuba City Tuesday. The varsity match begins at 7 p.m.
Bear River girls win
The Bear River girls volleyball team won its fourth straight Pioneer Valley League match with a 15-2, 15-5, 15-7 decision over host Johnson West of Sacramento Thursday.
Kate Wellmon led the way for the Lady Bruins (11-4 overall, 8-1 PVL) with 14 assists, seven aces and for kills.
“All we did was run our plays on them. They just couldn’t get the ball back over the net,” Lady Bruins head coach Keith Hart said.
Brenna Weeks finished with a team-high seven kills.
Stephanie Martin, Jamie Jackson and Candice Wermes tallied five kills each in the win.
Bear River will play at Mesa Verde of Citrus Heights 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
NU girls volleyball
wins number 24
The Nevada Union girls volleyball team won its 24th match of the season, 15-7, 15-4, 15-4 over host C.K. McClatchy of Sacramento Thursday.
NU, which upped its Metro Conference record to 8-0, got clutch serving from Ali Daley and Elena Schmidt.
“A highlight of the night was the jump-serving by Ali Daley. McClatchy used all of their timeouts when she was serving just to try to slow her down,” NU head coach Bob Rogers said.
Nicki Serr went 10-for-10 on defensive attempts. Schmidt went 8-for-8.
The Lady Miners will play at the Johnson West Tournament Saturday.
hits rough water
The Bear River girls water polo team had a rough day in the pool with a 17-2 loss at Rocklin Thursday.
Freshmen Kacey Fredrickson and Andrea Fernandez each scored for Bear River.
Lady Bruin goalkeeper Ashley Clarke finished with 12 saves.
“She never played water polo before this year. She’s just been (amazing),” Bear River head coach Jon Katis said.
The Lady Bruins will play Roseville at NU Tuesday.
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