The Truckee boys continued their winning ways on their home field this past Friday and Saturday.
The first-place Wolverines defeated Elko 4-0 on Friday and Spring Creek 2-1 on Saturday to improve to 9-0-1 in division play and 13-0-1 overall. Truckee has yet to lose a game on its new home field, which opened before the start of last season.
Against Elko, Truckee led 1-0 at the half after an early goal by Jordan Fereira. Manny Sarabia extended the lead to 2-0 early in the second half. Alex Colomenares added another goal a minute later, and Nathan Ariza rounded out the scoring later in the half.
Spring Creek proved to be a tougher, more physical test. In fact, Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt said the Spartans are the most physical team the Wolverines have faced this year, which he said helped prepare Truckee for the postseason.
Thomas Arnstein gave Truckee a 1-0 lead in the first half, but Spring Creek’s Evan Morris knotted the goal before the midway point. Sarabia scored the go-ahead goal just 2 minutes into the second half. The lead was never safe, however.
Truckee nearly added the insurance goal it sought throughout the second half. It never came, however, despite numerous shots that narrowly missed their mark.
Spring Creek tried to take advantage and almost did on a couple of occasions. On one particular play late in the contest, Garrett Powell broke away and had a one-on-one against Truckee goalie Gabriel Serna. But Truckee senior defender Max Barta chased him down from behind and deflected his shot attempt, and the Wolverines held on for the win.
The Truckee girls, meanwhile, split their games at Elko and Spring Creek. They lost a heartbreaker, 3-2, against Elko on Friday and defeated Spring Creek 3-0 on Saturday.
The Wolverines and Indians appeared despited for a 2-2 tie as time wore down in the second half. In the 72nd minute, however, Brittany Gonzalez buried the go-ahead goal off an assist from Brook Pawelek.
Elko goalie Hailey Simpson made a number of clutch saves in the final minutes as Truckee tried to knot the score once again.
Pawelek put the Indians on the board with a goal in the fourth minute of the game, while Gonzalez extended Elko’s lead to 2-0 with a goal past the dive of Truckee goalie Paulina Thrasher in the 21st minute.
The Wolverines were down but not out. Just a few minutes later, an Elko defender mistakenly saved the ball to a Truckee player, who quickly dished the ball to teammate Kaylee Neill, who was standing in front of the goal and converted.
Neill struck again in the 52nd minute to tie the score. Neill had another opportunity, but Simpson made a key save to keep it tied until Gonzalez came through with the last score.
The Truckee girls handled their business the next day, as they added two second-half goals after carrying a 1-0 lead into the break.
With the split the Truckee girls fell from third place to fourth in the Northern Division I-A standings, at 7-2-1. South Tahoe leads the league at 8-0-2 and Fallon is second at 8-2-1. Elko (6-3-1) moved past Spring Creek (6-4-0) for the fourth and final playoff seed.
The Truckee boys play at South Tahoe on Monday and the girls host South Tahoe on Tuesday at 4 p.m.