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Truckee soccer | Girls blanked by South Tahoe in first-place clash

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Sylas Wright / Sierra SunTruckee senior Shauna Day and South Tahoe's Willow Nelson race after a ball during Tuesday's game. South Tahoe won, 4-0.

TRUCKEE and#8212; South Tahoe capitalized on its scoring opportunities, Truckee did not, and that was the difference in Tuesday’s first-place showdown between the top two girls’ soccer teams in the Sierra League.

In a rainy makeup game featuring the only two teams with undefeated league records, the visiting Vikings crushed the Wolverines’ spirits with two early goals en route to a 4-0 win.

South Tahoe, which improved to 7-0 in league and 12-0 overall, entered the game ranked fifth in the nation by high school sports website MaxPreps.com. Truckee fell to 5-1 in league and 8-5-1 overall.

and#8220;That was a good, tough one,and#8221; said South Tahoe head coach Chris DeLeon, whose team has allowed only two goals all season. and#8220;What happens with bad weather is that it evens out the teams. Then it’s just a matter of who capitalizes first, and we were able to do that.and#8221;

The Wolverines controlled possession in the opening minutes and threatened to score on a couple of occasions, only to misfire on the South Tahoe goal.

The Vikings did not squander their chances, starting with their first one. After its defense denied at least two near scores from Truckee senior Shauna Day, South Tahoe went on the offensive, quickly pushing the ball forward to Jennifer Burks, who then slipped through the Truckee defense and beat goalie Cassandra Sawyer one-on-one for a goal in the eighth minute.

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Five minutes later, South Tahoe’s Kelly Colleton gathered a cross from Shannon Colleton in open space and fired a shot ahead of a closing Alex Mezger from about 18 yards out. The ball found the back of the net past Sawyer, and the Vikings led 2-0 in the 13th minute.

Truckee players looked stunned.

and#8220;That was just kind of an unfortunate circumstance where we made a few mistakes and South Tahoe pounced on it,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Katie Jamison. and#8220;But I was impressed with our composure. We just couldn’t get it in the net.and#8221;

The remainder of the game was evenly played, with much of the action in the middle of the field.

But as the soggy contest wore on, Truckee’s heart did not appear to be in it, and South Tahoe took advantage with another goal in the 58th minute. Cassidy Jackson received a centered pass from Shannon Colleton directly in front of the goal and kicked it past new goalie Gina Bauerline to extend the lead to 3-0.

Then in the final 30 seconds, Jackson sent a line-drive shot from 18 yards straight to Bauerline, who couldn’t squeeze the ball as it squirted through her grips and bounced into the goal.

and#8220;Truckee had beautiful ball control and trapped the ball much better than we did. They’re going to be a team to be reckoned with in the playoffs,and#8221; DeLeon said. and#8220;They played well today, but we took advantage of our chances.and#8221;

Jamison said the quick turn of events that led to the first two goals seemed to rattle the Wolverines mentally, and they never fully recovered.

and#8220;That was definitely a big part of it. It a big mental game for us,and#8221; Jamison said. and#8220;Next week hopefully we’ll have a very strong recovery match (against South Tahoe). If the weather holds out, we should do well.and#8221;