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Boy’s soccer ends season strong, eyeing North Tahoe

Matt Riddle

North Tahoe, you’ve been warned.

“Watch out North Tahoe, we’re getting ready,” Truckee boys soccer coach Rob Curtis said.

That warning Curtis will likely extend to anyone that gets in between the Wolverines and a third match this year between the two in the post-season that starts today in Winnemucca against Battle Mountain.

“Losing to a team twice in one season is not something we can live with,” Curtis said. “We thought it was not going to happen.”

But now that should have Truckee’s attention.

The boy’s team finished the season with a 4-1 victory over Bishop Manogue on Oct. 30. It was the fourth game in six days. The day before it was a 2-0 win at Whittell, Oct. 26 a 0-0 tie with Incline Village and on Oct 25, it was a 3-0 beating of ROP.

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The playoffs start today, giving them a full week of practice.

For that Manogue game, Truckee had control the most of the time and most of Curtis’ first stringers were already in street clothes when there was still several minutes left in the game. Despite that, the play could have been sharper.

“It was just sloppy and we didn’t pick it up,” senior Tom Kleffman said after playing his last home game at THS. “It was just a little difficult to mark up and get organized.”

One burning bright spot was sophomore Scott Eberhardt, called up from the junior varsity squad. Eberhardt scored a goal almost immediately after going on the field in the Manogue game.

“He just worked hard,” Curtis said. “That’s just his style, he’s a hard-working kid.”

For these seniors, it’s their last opportunity to prove themselves.

“Everyone played real well. Everyone stepped up to every ball,” senior Kyle Anderson said. “Seniors just need to step it up at this time of the season, which is what we’re trying to do.”

So, most definitely, the Lakers have targets on their backs.

“North Tahoe beat us twice,” Anderson said. “We don’t want to let them do it again. We want to leave them here. That’s what happened last year, they got left here.”

But North Tahoe won’t be until a couple rounds.

“We want to take it one game at a time,” senior Joey Salsberg said. “I think this game will help us prepare for the playoffs.”