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Truckee at North Tahoe soccer | Red-hot Wolverines roll

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com

TAHOE CITY — North Tahoe ran into its old rival at a bad time.

In a classic soccer matchup Wednesday between the NIAA's two most successful boys soccer programs, the visiting Wolverines looked sharp from the onset after recently regaining a couple of key pieces to their team. They scored three minutes into the nonleague contest and never let off the throttle en route to an 8-0 win.

"It's definitely nice to have everybody back and to be back at full strength," said Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt, whose Wolverines improved to 11-2-2 overall after their ninth straight victory. "It seems like every game we just continue to get better and better. Everybody is trusting each other and playing with confidence."

Truckee, which leads the Northern Division I-A at 8-0, was coming off a 2-1 win over Sparks in a first-place showdown on Friday. After earning a 7-1 win over Lowry the next day, the Wolverines came out on fire Wednesday, connecting crisp passes and communicating like a well-oiled machine.

"We didn't play bad in my opinion; it just happened that we played a very good Truckee team," said longtime North Tahoe coach Beto Alcaraz, whose Lakers (4-1 league) are in second place behind Incline in the Northern Division III. "I think my boys held their heads up despite the score and played hard until the end."

Senior scoring leader Thomas Arnstein and his dynamic sophomore scoring partner, Manny Sarabia — who returned Friday from ineligibility — each recorded a hat trick with three goals against the Lakers. David Martinez and Ethan Rohlf contributed a goal apiece to round out the scoring.

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Martinez used his speed to put Truckee on the board in the third minute, as he got behind a defender and buried a goal past North Tahoe keeper Trent Lingruen one-on-one.

Sarabia scored his first goal in the 10th minute when he got his head on an accurately placed cross from Leo Villa. Martinez set up the smooth-flowing play with a through-ball to Villa on the left wing.

Arnstein extended the lead to 3-0 in the final minutes of the half after gathering a through-ball and squeezing a low shot into a tight space between Lingruen and the near post.

With Arnstein resting to start the second half, Sarabia bulged the back of the net with his second goal in the 45th minute, assisted by Martinez.

Sarabia then assisted a goal by Rohlf five minutes later, as Rohlf got his foot on the ball just before the charging Lingruen.

Rohlf repaid the favor in the 61st minute, crossing a ball to Sarabia for a 6-0 Truckee lead. Arnstein returned to action to score the final two goals for the Wolverines — one in the 68th minute and the other in the 75th, both unassisted and the result of deft footwork.

"All in all, the confidence is just there, and that is reflected in how we're playing," Eberhardt said, adding that he was particularly pleased with his team's ball movement and communication.

North Tahoe senior Lucas Earley blasted a shot just wide of the Truckee goal late in regulation as Truckee goalie Gabby Serna preserved the shutout.

"The good thing is that this was not a league game," Alcaraz said. "We just hope (Friday) we can regroup against Battle Mountain at their place. All games, including losses, bring positive things, and (Wednesday) night's game was no exception."

Up next

Truckee will host a makeup game against Fallon on Saturday at noon and play at South Tahoe next Friday, Oct. 17. North Tahoe plays at Battle Mountain on Friday and at North Valleys on Monday.