Ali Bannister scored Carson's only goal against McQueen on Saturday in Reno but it was all the Senators needed to pick up their second win of the season.
"They're (McQueen) a tough team," Carson coach Mike Popp said. "We missed a lot of opportunities but I'll take the win."
Bannister finally broke through the Lancers defense in the second half and then fired her shot over the goalie's head and into the upper corner. However, Popp mentioned that Carson missed several one-on-one chances.
"We dominated 90 percent of the game," Popp said. "It's still early so we still need to work on some things and get healthy."
Carson, who outshot McQueen 22-9 on Saturday, is still adjusting to six new players on their roster. But once that chemistry is developed, Popp feels that this year's could be one of Carson's best.
"Nobody has seen our best team yet," Popp said. "But we'll just take it one game at a time."
Carson plays next against Elko High in Elko on Tuesday.
"They're just a strong team," Popp said. "It's not going to be a walkover."
Carson 1, McQueen 1
John Shorrock scored to give Carson an early lead and the Senators held on to preserve a tie against McQueen in a battle between perennial Northern 4A playoff contenders in Reno.
It was a good performance for the Senators, according to coach Bruce Bergantz.
"We clearly dominated the game, the score just didn't show that," said Bergantz, whose squad is now 1-0-1 in conference. "Our finishing wasn't good today. We had a couple of shots hit off the post, there were some bullet shots that were right at the keeper, and we had some scrambles within the box area."
Shorrock scored unassisted on a chip shot from the left side in the 18th minute to put Carson on top. The lead stood until the final nine minutes, when the Lancers came back to tie the score.
"The kids felt let down because they didn't come out of it with a win, but we have to look at this as a learning experience, put it behind us and move on."
Carson's boys play their home opener Friday against Elko.
Natalie Mandoki scored a first-half goal and fullback Jennelee Kame led the defense as Carson's J.V. girls battled McQueen to a 1-1 tie.
Carson was a 10-0 victor in the J.V. boys contest.