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Truckee girls soccer loses season finale

Alex Close
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Alex Close/Sierra SunTruckee High junior goalkeeper Michelle Plapp pulls in the ball during Truckee's 1-0 loss to Incline on Tuesday.

Truckee’s girls soccer team battled hard against Incline on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium, but the Wolverines didn’t quite bring enough to maintain their perfect record in the Northern 3A Sierra League.

In the closely fought contest, it was the Highlanders who brought just a little more effort and just a little more fire, earning the 1-0 victory over host Truckee.

The Wolverines are now 7-1 in league and 16-3 overall.

“Give it to Incline,” Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia said after the game. “Incline wanted it more.”

Being that it was the last game of league play, as well as senior appreciation day against a rival, the loss was particularly hard to swallow for Truckee players, who could be seen with tears in their eyes after the match.

But as Valdivia pointed out, Truckee will still enter the postseason ranked first, and a bitter loss to end the regular season can only pump up a team for playoffs.

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The first half of play was uneventful as far as ripples in the net go, but the game was back and forth with chances created on both sides.

In the beginning of the second half the battle continued, with some opportunities created but no concrete chances.

With 15 minutes to play in the game, Truckee sophomore Katie Dill pounded a shot off of Incline’s near post.

On the next drive, Incline’s Monica Ceragioli was fed on a nice through ball and converted the breakaway by slipping the ball past Truckee goalkeeper Michelle Plapp to put Incline up 1-0.

Two minutes later one of Truckee’s two most promising opportunities to even things up came on a breakaway from senior forward Nicole Oxandaboure. Oxandaboure took a misstep inan attempt to pass the ball off for an assist and ended up being stuffed by Incline’s goalkeeper.

Oxandaboure, who had major reconstructive knee surgery last year, ended up being carried off the field while holding her knee following the play.

The last Truckee chance came in the closing minutes of play off a Katie Dill breakaway, which was also shut down by Incline’s goalkeeper to hold the shutout.

“This is the one game all season we felt we’ve had a letdown,” Valdivia said.

The Wolverines enter the postseason as a No. 1 seed and will play the fourth-place team in the Northern 3A Sagebrush League after the first round of playoffs are posted this weekend.