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Truckee soccer | Boys deal Railroaders first loss

Sylas Wright

The Truckee boys were glad to finally be at full strength on Friday.

Playing for the first time this season with a complete roster, the first-place Wolverines edged previously undefeated Sparks, 2-1, on the road to keep their undefeated league record intact.

Truckee, which returned a couple of key players who were ineligible and injured, followed with a 7-1 win against Lowry the next day to improve to 8-0 in Northern Division I-A play.

"This was our first real test of the year and we knew they would come out hard," Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt said of the Railroaders, who had jumped out to a 10-0 record overall before tying South Tahoe, 2-2, last week and then losing to Truckee. "Lucky we were ready for it and we came out on top. This win was a real team effort and was a true battle."

“Our defense played amazing and was the reason we won this game. Jake Lahr had one of the biggest games so far this season and senior players showed their true leadership.”
Casey Eberhardt, Truckee coach

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The Wolverines were on their game from the opening whistle Friday. They created multiple opportunities early and broke through in the 33rd minute with a goal by David Martinez assisted by Thomas Arnstein. Despite a number of other scoring chances, Eberhardt said, the Wolverines went to half clinging to a 1-0 lead.

Sparks picked up its game in the second half, and knotted the score in the 50th minute when Genaro Vasquez scored off an assist from Jesus Partida.

Twelve minutes after the equalizer Arnstein used an assist from Nathan Ariza to again give the Wolverines the lead, which, thanks to a stout defensive effort, held through the final whistle.

"Once we got the second goal Sparks tried to step up their intensity, but we were able to match it," Eberhardt said. 

"Our defense played amazing and was the reason we won this game. Jake Lahr had one of the biggest games so far this season and senior players showed their true leadership."

Sarabia provides lift with big 2nd half

A day after the big rival game, the Wolverines came out flat against visiting Lowry, which took advantage by taking a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute.

"I knew this game would be a little challenging as we had just won a very physical and emotional game the day before," Eberhardt said. "Once we got scored on we were able to find our feet and step up the pressure."

After falling behind, Arnstein put Truckee on the board by converting a free kick near the 40th minute, and the game went to half tied 1-1.

Arnstein again provided an offensive lift for the Wolverines at the start of the first half, as he scored in the first minute with a long shot from midfield.

That opened the floodgates, as Truckee sophomore Manuel Sarabia — one of the recent returnees — proceeded to score the next four consecutive goals. He scored in the 44th minute assisted by Jordan Fereira, in the 49th minute assisted by Arnstein, in the 56th minute assisted by Arnstein, and in the 64th minute assisted by Leo Villa.

Jose Gonzalez rounded out the scoring in the 74th minute with a goal assisted by Zach Williams.

The Wolverines (10-2-2 overall) lead the Northern Division I-A standings with 24 points. Fallon, at 5-1-1, is second with 16 points, followed by Sparks (4-1-1) with 13, Spring Creek (3-2-2) with 11 and South Tahoe (3-3-1) with 10.

Truckee plays a nonleague game at North Tahoe on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and follows with league games at Fallon on Friday and South Tahoe on Saturday.

Northern Division I-A standings

Team League Overall         Points

Truckee        8-0     10-2-2          24

Fallon           5-1-1 7-2-2 16

Sparks          4-1-1 11-1-1          13

Spring Creek          3-2-2 6-5-2 11

South Tahoe           3-3-1 3-4-1 10

Elko   3-4     5-9-1 9

Lowry           2-5     3-9     6

Fernley        1-5-1 1-8-1 4

Dayton          0-8     0-10  0