Truckee soccer | Boys win close match at South Tahoe, girls drop third straight |

Truckee soccer | Boys win close match at South Tahoe, girls drop third straight

Joe Proudman
Tahoe Daily Tribune

Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily TribuneJesse Fereira scored the Wolverines' lone goal to lift them to a 1-0 win at South Tahoe on Thursday.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The last time the South Ta¬hoe and Truckee boys met on the soccer field, it was ugly. The Wolverines were up 6-0 at halftime and wet weather brought an early end to the game and washed away the Vikings with it. But this game and#8212; this one was different.

It wasnand#8217;t a win for South Tahoe, at least not on the scoreboard, but for South Tahoe (4-3) coach Bill Spicer, it was close enough.

and#8220;Most coaches would say, and#8216;But we lost.and#8217; No, no,and#8221; Spicer said. and#8220;Iand#8217;m so proud of our boys. They have come so far and I really donand#8217;t care what the scoreboard said.and#8221;

Truckee (7-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Jesse Fer¬eira in the 20th minute. But from then on it was a fast, intense and physical match that only escalated in the second half.

and#8220;I think it was a very hard-fought game between two very good teams,and#8221; said Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt. and#8220;I think South Tahoe got tremendously better throughout the year.and#8221;

South Tahoe had a few chances to even the score. With 15 minutes left in the game, Edgar Her¬nandez had the goalie one-on-one after beating the defense, but his shot was saved by a diving Nacho Diaz at goalie. South Tahoeand#8217;s Bobby Oakes was there but overran the rebound and the defense gained control. The Vikings continued to push, but Truckeeand#8217;s defense stepped up.

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and#8220;They wanted that game. Both teams did,and#8221; said Spicer.

Eberhardt said that coming to South Tahoe is always tough, and expected the Vikings to play better at home. He said South Tahoeand#8217;s pressure forced them to play a little more defense than offense.

and#8220;I think it was a little bit sloppy for us as a team,and#8221; Eberhardt said. and#8220;I think part of it is South Tahoe getting better as a team and part of it is us not being able to finish.and#8221;

The girlsand#8217; game pitted former state champs in Truckee (5-3) against undefeated host South Tahoe (9-0). Like in their first meeting last week, the Vikings came out on top, winning 4-1.

The Vikings had goals from Mikaela Buckley, Brooke King and Brittany Sanchez.

and#8220;Frustrating. Truckee controlled the middle very, very well, but I think our persistence and tenacity is what really won that game,” said South Tahoe head coach Chris De¬Leon. and#8220;These are the ones that really test us.and#8221;

Shauna Day scored Truckeeand#8217;s only goal on the night to make it 3-1 on a ball that simply sailed over the head of Vikings goalie Janet Campuzano.

and#8220;She (Day) alone is a game changerand#8221; said DeLeon. and#8220;She broke away and did a real beautiful chip shot over our goalie, and there is nothing anybody could do, but that’s expected of her.and#8221;