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Boys’ soccer team suffers first loss of season to Manogue

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

After several seasons of losing to Truckee in every matchup, the Manogue Miners had something to celebrate on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Defeating the Wolverine boys’ varsity soccer team – the undefeated co-leader of 3A league play – was no small victory for the Miners.

For Truckee, the loss was a blessing in disguise, a wake-up call as post-season play looms ever closer.

“We would rather lose now than lose one game at the end of the season like we did last year,” said Wolverine Head Coach Rob Curtis. “Manogue was hungry to beat us and they played hard.”

First half goals by Gabe Gannam and Jarrad Gifford gave the Wolverines an early 2-0 lead, before surrendering a goal in the last minutes of first half play. This goal fueled the Manogue bench and the home crowd, as the Miners came back in the second half with a newfound aggressiveness. Goals in the 30th and 38th minute of play gave the Miners a 3-2 lead and despite several shots on goal, the Wolverines were unable to even the score.

“We outplayed them in the second half but we just couldn’t score,” said Curtis.

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The Wolverines came off their first loss this season to face another challenging game against undefeated Incline High School on Friday night. A hard field and young Highlander team gave birth to what Curtis called “a fast-paced and frantic game” that was both exciting and chaotic for fans and players alike.

“They don’t give you a chance to get your composure and slow the game down,” said Curtis. “This is particularly difficult for us because we play our best game when we can control the ball and play the game that we can play.”

Striker Sergio Hernandez put the first goal in the net for the Highlanders, amidst confusion in front of the Wolverine goal.

“It was certainly avoidable,” added Curtis.

The score remained 1-0 Highlanders until a shot by Gabe Gannam reflected off Incline’s Mario Ponce for a Wolverine goal in the 18th minute of the second half.

Four minutes later, Luis Delgadillo beat Wolverine keeper Cody Prouty to the ball and slipped in a goal, once again giving the Highlanders the lead.

With seven minutes remaining to play, Beto Alcarez booted a 35-yard shot over the head of the Highlanders’ goalie to even the score at 2-2.

“It was a good, clean and hard-fought game,” said Highlander Head Coach Bruce Maller of the tie game.

Incline remains in first place in 3A league standings with an undefeated record of 11-0-1. The tie brought the Wolverines’ record to 10-1-1.

On Saturday, Truckee recharged in an easy 9-0 win over Whittell. Gabe Gannam scored three goals for the Wolverines and Miguel Taffola added two, in a controlled and steady game display.

“We reexamined our game play and executed it perfectly against Whittell,” said Curtis. The Wolverines are back on track just in time to host North Tahoe tomorrow at 5 p.m.