Miscommunication stings Miners
One miscommunication cost Nevada Union’s girls soccer team its conference opener on Wednesday, according to coach Mike Voss.
The Miners fell on the road at Woodcreek when the Timberwolves scored halfway through the second half, sending Nevada Union (0-1 in the Sierra Foothill League, 2-4 overall) home with a 1-0 loss.
“Woodcreek is a team that, if we played our best, we should probably give them a run for their money,” Voss said.
Ariane Turner had four saves in goal, including two very nice ones, according to Voss. Voss added that Kai Ling Clark and Anne Dunne played well in the midfield and Jocelyn Rapp had a good game on defense.
Voss also said that the team was missing its inside halfback, but freshman Riley Grim stepped in with a lot of energy and played well. And according to Voss, Erin Meyer had her best game of the season on defense.
The junior varsity team tied Woodcreek, 1-1.
Woodcreek 10, Nevada Union 2
The Miners slipped to 0-5 with a loss in their Sierra Foothill League opener Wednesday at Woodcreek.
NU, which scored once in the first inning and once in the seventh, threatened during the first few innings, but failed to produce to produce significant runs.
“We left a lot of guys on base,” Nevada Union coach Ted White said. “There were two innings in a row where we left guys at second and third.”
Devin Genovese led NU’s offense, hitting 2-for-3. Zander Zeisler and Josh Pitts both went 2-for-4.
Genovese played roles in both runs his team scored: His sacrifice fly in the first inning scored Kelcey Wirick, and he was batted in during the seventh inning by Zeisler.
Zeisler also started on the hill for the Miners and lasted four innings, during which he gave up 10 hits, six runs and two walks while striking out four batters.
“I think that we have to have confidence in our ability,” White said. “I think we’re a pretty good ball club. We’ve played some tough teams in the preseason; we’re still looking for some answers in some spots. Now we’ve just got to play to our ability.”
Nevada Union plays again at 4 p.m. Friday at Granite Bay, a team White expects to provide a tough contest.
Frosh: Nevada Union 7, Woodcreek 2
Jordan Smith started on the mound for the Miners and went the distance, giving up just four hits and no walks while striking out five in seven innings.
Smith was also 2-for-4 from the plate. Anthony Olivas was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while Zion Davidson was 1-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs. Alec Jiron was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
The Miners (3-2 overall, 1-0 in the Sierra Foothill League) combined for 10 hits.
Next up, the Miners host Granite Bay on Friday.
NU competes at McClatchy
The girls varsity swept the top three spots of the diving competition. Molly Swartz (171.90 points) continued her undefeated season, and Bryanna Charnett (154.40) placed second for the third-straight meet. Samantha Shade (147.35) was not far behind in third.
For the boys, NU’s divers placed second, third, fourth and fifth, but each team is allowed only three official entries, so Ryan Gallager and Evan Larson dived unofficially.
Trevor Foster (196.35) was second while Eric Gillespie (193.5) finished third. Ryan Gallager (unofficial) was fourth (180.7) and Evan Larson (unofficial) finished fifth (135.45). Tyler Foster finished with a 135.35.
The junior varsity girls swept their third-straight meet, led by Ashley Wilson (109.70). In second was Nicole Nicolai (103.65) while Nicole Grimes was third (92.95)
No JV Boys were entered.
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