NU ends season with shutout |

NU ends season with shutout

Eileen JoyceNU forward Bryan Becker (background) went after an unidentified Grant player Thursday in the Miners' 4-0 shutout to end the regular season at 15-3-5, 8-2-2 conference. NU advances to the playoffs Friday, Nov. 8 as the number-two seed against an as-yet-unannounced opponent.
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The Nevada Union boys soccer team capped its dream season with a 4-0 win over visiting Grant of Sacramento Thursday.

The Miners (15-3-5 overall, 8-2-2 Metro Conference), who clinched their first-ever postseason berth with a 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Kennedy of Sacramento Oct. 21, will be the Metro Conference’s No.2 seed when the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament begins Nov. 8.

The Miners’ first round opponent has yet to be determined.

“If someone would have told me before the season began that we’d win 15 games, take second in league and make it to the playoffs, I’d have been curious to know what medication they were on,” NU head coach Mike Voss said. “The kids have exceeded all of my expectations. The bar has definitely been raised for future seasons.”

Nitai Vintitzki scored the eventual game winner on a pass from Darren Chapel in the 33rd minute of the first half.

“Grant played tough in the first half, but we have a way of tightening up and making things more difficult on ourselves. It’s when we relax when things come easy,” Voss said.

Ben Hadjuk doubled the lead 20 minutes into the second half with an assist from Luke Stratigakes.

Kyle McTighe also got on the board with a converted penalty kick. Mark Lawicki rounded out the scoring in the 87th minute on a Chapel assist.

NU goalkeeper Cody Bielen totaled four saves to record his 14th shutout.

NU volleyball team

levels Woodland

Ali Daley had 21 kills and Elena Schmidt chipped in 16 digs in the Nevada Union girls volleyball team’s 15-13, 15-8, 13-15, 15-7 win over host Woodland Thursday.

The Lady Miners improved to 30-3 overall and 10-0 in the Metro Conference.

“We were down 9-2 in the third game, but we came back to make it interesting. It’s too bad we weren’t able to win it,” NU head coach Bob Rogers said.

Daley also had 11 digs. Schmidt finished with seven kills and five blocks.

Erin Zajac had 11 kills and 14 digs in the win.

NU will host Yuba City 6 p.m. Monday.

Bear River

has tough day

Bear River goaltender Andy Adams had 12 saves in the Bruins’ 5-0 season ending loss to host Oakmont of Rosevlle Thursday.

The Bruins (0-9-1 Pioneer Valley League) gave up four first half goals, but held the league champion Vikings to one goal in the second half.

Bear River’s junior varsity tied, 2-2.

BR freshman

team rocks

Eric Bohac scored twice and David Lavelle threw for 78 yards and a touchdown as the Bear River freshman football team topped host Vanden of Fairfield 33-14 Thursday.

Robbie Frank and David Wheeler also scored in the win.

Mike McGuire and Donnie Militano finished with eight tackles each. Landon Savoie had a sack.

Bear River (8-0 overall, 5-0 Pioneer Valley League) will play at Colfax 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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