With the playoff hopes of the Lowry High School boys soccer team done for the year, the Buckaroos had a chance to ruin rival Elko’s chances on Wednesday afternoon in Winnemucca.
The Indians entered the match in sixth place, just one spot out of the final postseason berth. Elko also beat Lowry 2-0 earlier in the year, with both goals coming in the final minutes.
The Buckaroos had an excellent scoring chance in the 17th minute, but a shot by Oscar Juanes was just off the net. It did not take long for the Indians to score after that, as Natnael Meles took a through pass and made his way toward the Lowry goal. Buckaroo goalie Chris Schultz came out make a play, but the ball got past him for the open-net goal.
On almost the same play, Meles scored in the 38th minute to give Elko a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Lowry broke the ice quickly in the second half with two goals in a three-minute stretch. Oscar Galarza closed the gap to 2-1 in the 42nd minute and Adrian Mendoza tied the match at 2-2 in the 45th minute.
The Indians regained the advantage in the 62nd minute when Ricardo Talamantes gathered a shot that went off another player by Meles.
The Buckaroos had a chance to tie the match again in the 65th minute, but a shot by Anthony Cuevas bounced off the cross bar above the Elko goalie.
Lowry did tie the match in the 68th minute on a goal by Diego Gudino after a free kick by Cuevas.
That momentum did not last long as the Buckaroos were called for a foul in the 18-yard box in the 70th minute. Talamantes converted the penalty kick and gave Elko the lead for good at 4-3.
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Lowry traveled to South Tahoe on Saturday, Oct. 14, and suffered an 8-1 loss to the Vikings.
“That was a good South Tahoe team we played,” said LHS coach Steve Swanson. “It wasn’t the same team we played in Winnemucca. They have improved quite a bit.”
Lowry (3-10-1 Northern 3A) plays its final home match of the year on Monday against Truckee at 4 p.m. The season ends on Wednesday at Sparks with a 4 p.m. start.