Carson High’s Emily Bell rises to attack a ball during the Senator’s 3-0 loss to Douglas High in the opening round of the Class 5A Northern Nevada regional postseason.
Photo by Ron Harpin.
Carson volleyball bounced by Douglas in regional quarterfinals
A strange spring season for the Senators concluded Monday night with a 3-0 loss to Douglas in Minden in the Class 5A Northern Nevada regional playoffs.
Due to positive COVID-19 tests with other programs, the Senators were only able to play seven official contests this season – with three of those coming against rival Douglas.
“The whole thing was a confusing mess,” said senior Emily Bell. “It was fun to play against Douglas multiple times. I’ve grown up playing with these girls. I’ve played with and against this team since seventh grade.”
Bell will graduate this spring alongside fellow seniors Cami Larkin, Camille Kordonowy, Quinn Pulver, Abby Lemburg and Chloe Vasquez.
“To even be able to have any season was more than we could ask for because basketball got canceled. After the other sports got canceled, it was exciting to know we had something to spend our last year with,” said Bell.
Carson High girls’ soccer loses in postseason opener
Monday evening the Senators’ season came to a close with a 2-1 loss to the No. 9 seeded Damonte Ranch Mustangs.
The Class 5A regional play-in game leaves the Mustangs with a matchup against the top-seeded Galena Grizzlies.
All three goals came in the second half of the contest.
Carson will lose six seniors to graduation in Madison Rabideau, Marissa Perez-Morris, Cady Garrett, Brenna Ailes, Cassandra Dominguez and Samantha Dominguez.
Senator girls’ soccer scores late, takes one from Reno
Senior Day for the Carson High girls’ soccer team went about as planned for the Senators.
Though it was a little stressful, Carson was able to knock off Reno 1-0 Saturday afternoon.
It was an all-around performance from the Senators as they controlled possession for a majority of the afternoon.
The senior-laden defensive line kept the Huskies from putting together and true scoring chances all afternoon.
Reno’s best scoring chance arguably came in the second minute, but a diving deflection from senior defender Madison Rabideau made easy work for keeper Breanna Ailes.
Throughout the contest, the Senators would push the ball into the Huskies’ attacking third and have a chance turned away.
Until the 74th minute when Alyssa Tomita gained control of the ball near the far sideline.
Tomita used a quick touch to cut inside of her defender and take an angle on goal, finishing with a textbook strike into the side netting of the far post, over the outstretched Husky keeper.
“It was beautiful. It was so good. We’ve been working on finding the corners all week so for her to translate that into the game was perfect,” said Rabideau.
It was Tomita’s first goal of her season, but her play has still drawn compliments from her teammates.
“If she keeps on trying the next two years, she’s going to be great,” said Perez-Morris.
Cady Garrett and Tomita had a couple of quality connections in the first half on overlapping runs, but Carson couldn’t find the back of the net in the first 40 minutes.
While Garrett, Marissa Perez-Morris, Rabideau and other continued to keep the defensive end clear, Carson started building with more and more chances from players like Gracie Walt and Reese MacKenzie.
The win is the first of the season for Carson, despite holding ties against three of the top five teams in Northern Nevada Class 5A.
“I’m so happy. The team has been working so hard on the field in practice. It really showed on the field today,” said Rabideau. “I’m very proud of our team.”
“It’s bittersweet. … The four years, goes a lot quicker than you would think,” said fellow senior captain Perez-Morris. “To get a win feels really good. I’m going to go celebrate with my family.”
Senator boys soccer bests Wooster, earns fourth seed
Omar Mora, Jose De La O and Emiliano Brave each tallied a goal in Carson’s 3-0 win over Wooster on Saturday.
It was a 90-minute win for Carson as it wraps up the regular season with a 5-3 record.
The win solidifies the Senators as the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Class 5A Northern Nevada regional playoffs, meaning Carson will open the postseason Tuesday at home.
Carson was 3-1 this year on its home turf and will need to keep playing with the same poise on the home carpet if the Senators want to take down rival Hug (2-3-3).
The Senators beat the Hawks 2-1 in their only meeting this season, which came on Hug’s home field.
Carson and Hug played an intense contest Tuesday night, read all about it here.
Dayton High updates
Fernley bested Dayton football, 54-6, on Saturday.
The Dayton High boys’ soccer team fell 8-0 to Elko on Saturday behind a hat trick from Jose Ventura.
The Elko girls’ soccer team also took down Dayton, 7-0, Saturday.