TRUCKEE — The Highlanders were a lot more successful with 11 men on the field Monday.
Once that number was reduced to 10 — after a crucial red card early in the second half — host Truckee took advantage with three consecutive goals that lifted the Wolverines to a 4-2 nonleague win.
“In the second half, what really broke us down was getting the red card,” Incline coach Ian Hauck said. “And then the PK shortly after took the wind out of our sails.”
After Incline took a 2-1 lead on a free kick by Salvador Vargas in the 49th minute, Vargas received two yellow cards in succession and had to exit the contest, leaving the Highlanders to finish the game with 10 players.
In the 60th minute, an Incline player was called for a hand ball in the box, and Truckee junior Thomas Arnstein converted the penalty kick to tie the score.
Truckee freshman Manuel Sarabia headed in a perfectly placed cross by Arnstein five minutes later, and Leo Villa rounded out the scoring late in the contest on an assist from Rolando Zarate.
“It was another thriller,” said Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt, referring to a 2-1 Truckee win in the teams’ first meeting last week. “We had a talk about how we’re undefeated so far on this field between last year and this year, and after going into the half tied 1-1, we basically asked ‘who wants it more?’ And we were able to push it up in the second half and get the win.”
Truckee senior Eddie Cortez put the Wolverines on the board 15 minutes into the game with a goal assisted by Zarate. Three minutes later, however, Incline tied the score on a corner kick that bounced off a Truckee player and trickled into the goal.
The Highlanders took over the lead with Vargas’ free kick from about 20 yards out, the result of a trip from behind and yellow card called on Oscar Martinez. The lead was short-lived as the Wolverines took control after the red card on Incline.
“We just made some adjustments in the middle with our spacing, and it seemed to pay off for us,” Eberhardt said of the second half. “We also got the midfield back to help out on D.”
Hauck said he was pleased with his team’s play despite the outcome, particularly Vargas.
“They do a great job of keeping possession,” he said of his players. “What I would have liked was a little better finishing.”
Truckee improved to 5-0-1 overall (3-0-1 league).
Incline is scheduled to play at North Tahoe on Thursday, Oct. 3.