The Carson High girls soccer team looked like a passing machine in its 7-2 Sierra League opening win against Manogue on Tuesday at CHS and it was something that was definitely noticed by Senator coach Randy Roser.
"Our passing's starting to get connected," Roser said. "We're finishing our runs and getting opportunities to score because we're getting the ball where it needs to be."
Carson took a 4-1 halftime lead when Samantha Fishburn scored on an assist from Brandi Vega, Helaine Berris scored on an assist from Fishburn, Taylor Musselman scored on an assist from Vega and Kate Schulz scored on an assist from Vega.
It was more of the same for Vega, who ended up contributing to six of Carson's seven goals. She had two goals and four assists.
Vega began the second half by driving down the field and while falling to the ground, she sent a pass to Miriah Tompkins just outside the goal box and Tompkins sent it into the next.
Vega then scored from the right side on a difficult angle. Goalie Jen Johnson made her second outstanding save of the game and moment later Vega scored on an assist from Fishburn to make it 7-1.
CHS GIRLS GOLF FOURTH
The Carson girls golf team strengthened its position to make the Northern 4A Tournament in the second Sierra League event of the year on Tuesday at South Tahoe. Team scores weren't available, but Carson finished fourth behind Douglas (first), Manogue (second) and Galena (third). South Tahoe was fifth and Damonte Ranch was sixth.
Last week, Carson finish fifth behind fourth place Damonte. The top overall finishers will advance to zone.
"We had a decent day," Carson coach Terry Gingell said. "My top girls aren't playing that well right now but they will."
Whitney Nash and Lindsay Burroughs had their best scores in tournament play as Nash shot 100 and Burroughs fired a 101. For Burroughs, it was a 17-stroke improvement over last week.
Also for Carson, Chelsea Keating and Katie Cowperthwaite each shot a 103, Elayna Shine fired a 111 and Megan Justice added a 118.
MANOGUE GIRLS TENNIS BEATS CARSON
If the Carson High girls tennis team doesn't make the Northern 4A playoffs this year, it will look back at a valiant effort against Manogue that came up just short.
After the two teams battled to a 9-9 tie on Tuesday at the CHS courts, Manogue went on to win four of the six tiebreakers to win the match. It may very well be that the fourth and last spot from the Sierra League into the zone playoffs comes down to this match.
With matches left against Galena, Douglas and South Tahoe, Carson will be hard pressed to finish in the top four.
"It was so close," Carson coach Linday Hixenbaugh said. "Bishop Manogue's a strong team. I thought we did well."
The key match of the first round came when Breanna Collings fell in a close set 5-7, leaving Carson behind 4-2 instead of tied 3-3. Carson received a key win from Allie Collier and Bridgett Huish in doubles in the first round as they won 7-5. Alyssa Corda and Hannah Shaw won 6-1.
Carson battled back to tie the score 6-6 in the second round. Hannah Dudley and Elise Hansen won 6-0, Shaw and Corda won 6-3 and Tiffany Moore won 6-3 in singles. Another key win came when Kristin Howard overcame a 1-3 deficit to win 6-4 in singles.
The Senators almost got the breakthrough that they needed from their No. 3 doubles team, Collier and Huish, against Manogue's No. 1 team. Huish and Collier broke for a 3-2 lead, then Huish saved a break point with an ace to tie the set 4-4 before they fell 4-6.
In the third round, Dudley and Hansen won 6-1 and Huish and Collier won 6-4. Corda and Shawn almost broke through against Manogue's No. 1 team that would have given Carson the win.
Down 15-40, Corda saved three break points and had a game point on her serve before Manogue broke through for a 5-4 lead. Corda and Shaw then had two break points at 15-40 to force a 5-5 tie before Manogue came back to hold serve and win 6-4.
That left Moore with having to win to force a 9-9 tie and she looked well on her way as she was two points away, leading 5-3, 30-15 on her serve. But Moore fell behind 5-6, but was able to battle back to break serve to force a tiebreaker.
She then battled back from 0-3 and 2-4 deficits in the tiebreaker to win 7-6 (7-4) to force the 9-9 tie.
Under Nevada Interscholastic Activies Association rules, when two teams battle to a 9-9 tie, the first round opponents play each other in tiebreakers in which the winner is determined by those who reach seven points first and win by at least two points.
Shaw and Corda won 7-3 and Huish and Collier won 7-5. The difference came when Hansen and Dudley lost 5-7 to Manogue's No. 1 team.
MANOGUE 11, CARSON BOYS TENNIS 7
Tyler Simms and Jordan Rogers swept their doubles matches 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, Spencer Brinson won in singles 6-0, 6-0, Adam Whitt won 6-1 and Blake Sly and And Garcia won 6-3 but it wasn't enough for Carson (2-1, 1-1).
GALENA BOYS TENNIS 13, SPANISH SPRINGS 5
Shane Leeder won both of his matches in singles 6-2, 6-0 as Galena improved to 2-0. Also in singles, Graham Harris won both of his matches 6-0, 6-1, Jeremy Grubbs won 6-1and Nicklaus Potter won 6-3.
In doubles, Andrew Wesley and Brice Berman won both of their matches 7-5, 6-0, Joseph Prescott and Kyle Karrasch won 6-1 and Jeremy Steenberg, Mario Casci won 6-3, Casci and Steven Day won 7-5, Don Maland and Tyson Wright won 6-1 and Evan Bender and Nicholas Wesley won 6-0 for Galena.
FALLON 2, DAMONTE RANCH GIRLS SOCCER 1
Damonte Ranch outshot Fallon 19-2 and had 12 shots on goal to Fallon's one, but that was the one that counted in Fallon's win.
Damonte Ranch won the JV game 4-3 as Lizette Torres had a hat trick, scoring three goals for Damonte.
CHS JV SOCCER 7, MANOGUE 0
Eliza Matley scored on an assist from Allison Cowan, Erin Rumbaugh scored on an assist from Ali Fleming, Kaitlin Cosens scored on an assist from Kaitlin Holmes, Katie McFarren scored on an assist from Matley, Brenda Torres scored on an assist from Rumbaugh, Rumbaugh scored on assist from Matley and Matley added an assist to account for Carson's scoring.
Defenders Sam McCarty, Fleming, Cowan, Elisa Sharp, Mary Novak and goalie Jessica Cline combined to post the shutout.