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Incline soccer | Boys, girls breeze past league opponents

Staff report

The Incline soccer teams cruised to easy victories against three Northern Division III opponents in the past week.

Incline's girls routed West Wendover 10-2 on Friday and followed with a 4-0 win over White Pine the next day and a 12-0 win over Yerington on Tuesday. The Highlanders lost 3-1 in a nonleague game at Truckee on Monday.

Incline's boys defeated West Wendover 6-1, White Pine 10-1 and Yerington 8-1. They lost 4-1 to Truckee.

In the girls' contest against West Wendover, junior Vanessa Andrade scored three times in the first eight minutes to set the tone. Andrade scored two goals against White Pine, while Caitlin May and Belle Johnson contributed a goal apiece. In the blowout against Yerington, freshman Kayla Smothers had a hat trick (three goals) by halftime.

Despite the loss against Truckee, which is a member of the larger Division I-A, Incline coach Tom Canino was pleased with the challenge and the way his team stepped up to it.

"I came away from that game thinking we need more of those games to develop our ability to play at that speed, and that these ridiculous blowout games only hurt our development," Canino said.

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The Highlanders struck first with a goal by Johnson in the 11th minute. The Wolverines tied the game before the half, then scored two more goals in the second half to secure the win.

"We played hard, but Truckee played faster," Canino said, adding that Incline goalie Karyss Thompson has improved greatly since the Highlanders and Wolverines first played on Sept. 3, which resulted in a 5-2 Truckee win.

The Incline girls are now 11-2 in league play with one game remaining, at North Tahoe on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.

Incline's boys, meanwhile, received hat tricks from both Salvador Vargas and Rey Estrada against White Pine, while Fernando Martinez scored the Highlanders' one goal against Truckee.

Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt, whose Wolverines are undefeated in Northern Division IA play, said the Highlanders provided a solid test before Truckee squares off against perennial power Sparks in a key league game this week.

"Incline is a very physical team and it was good for us to be able to play this game before Thursday," Eberhardt said. "I really enjoy playing these games because this is an old rivalry, so the game is always intense."

Incline is 9-0 and in first place in the Northern Division III. The Highlanders end the regular season at North Tahoe on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Postseason

The Northern Division III regional tournament is scheduled for Nov. 7-8 at Whittell High School. Because there are no Southern representatives, the Northern regional tournament will double as the state championship. The top four teams based on the regular-season league standings qualify. Both Incline teams have secured berths.