Playoff win is first ever for Fernley boys soccer

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Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

The Fernley High Schools boys soccer team claimed its first playoff win in school history, on a penalty kick in overtime after a controversial call last Thursday at South Tahoe.

The Vaqueros were awarded a penalty kick when a handball was called in the goalie box, and the Vaqueros converted for a 2-1 win in overtime that set off a wild  celebration by the Vaqueros and their supporters.

“I’m very proud of this team, especially because they have learned to play as a team,” coach Erin Geil said. “I have many outstanding players but it would be hard to single out any individual player because they function so well together.”

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The Vaqueros opened the scoring with a goal in the second half, but South Tahoe tied the game in the final minutes and sent it to overtime.

Friday the Vaqueros faced Sparks, and lost 7-1.

Still, the season was the most successful ever for the Vaqueros boys soccer program. The Vaqueros won the Northern 3A ‘B’ League for the second straight year, this time with a 10-0 league record.

“I’m really going to miss our seniors,” Geil said. “They have contributed to the varsity team since they were freshmen.”

The girls team lost its first round game 8-0 to South Tahoe and finished the season 10-5 in league play.

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