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Truckee soccer | Girls finish 2-2, boys 3-1 in Galena Tournament

Staff report

The Truckee girls’ soccer team finished 2-2 at the season-opening Howell Memorial Tournament at Galena this past Friday and Saturday.

The Wolverines opened the tournament and#8212; also called the Galena Tournament and#8212; with a 5-0 loss to Douglas on Friday. They followed with a 2-1 win against Faith Lutheran later that day. On Saturday, Truckee lost 2-1 to Bishop Manogue before defeating Elko 1-0 in a physical game to end the tourney.

and#8220;For a very new and rather young team, we really came together and look to only advance from Galena’s multiple learning opportunities,and#8221; said second-year Truckee head coach Katie Jamison.

Against Faith Lutheran, the pre-game jitters that troubled the Wolverines’ younger players against Douglas were gone.

In just the ninth minute, Molly Redmond passed a through ball to Kaylee “Ned” Neill, who lofted a shot into the back of the net. Faith Lutheran retaliated with a goal in the 24th minute to tie the score.

Throughout the second half Truckee maintained passing possession, which led to its second goal off of a wall pass from Shelby Matthews to Neill, who patiently dropped it into the net in the 35th minute for the win.

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and#8220;This game was hard-fought and the girls really started to work as a team,and#8221; Jamison said, adding that returning goalie Cassandra Sawyer came up big with several nice saves in the game.

Jamison said Truckee’s 9 a.m. game against Manogue was evenly matched aside from the beginning of the second half, when Truckee’s defensive formation struggled to keep the Bishop Manogue forwards at bay in the 37th and 39th minutes and allowed two goals.

The Wolverines got on the board in the 52nd minute when Neill passed a ball deep into the corner, where Sydney Vandenberg buried it.

Against defending state runner-up Elko, the game was physically played from the start, with neither team allowing many scoring opportunities. At one point Truckee defender Lauren Huesby took a hard hit and had to be taken to the emergency room to examine her collar bone (which turned out to be OK).

and#8220;That very clearly showed the intensity of the game,and#8221; Jamison said, adding that Truckee midfielders Emma Warren, Karina Rivera, Redmond and Melissa Cardoza maintained their composure and structure throughout the contest.

The game remained scoreless until the 53rd minute, when Warren transitioned a pass to outside forward Olivia Duner, who with impeccable patience passed a defender and shot a textbook shot into the far right corner of the net.

and#8220;It was a perfect ending to a very entertaining game,and#8221; Jamison said.

The Truckee boys, meanwhile, went 3-1 in the tournament, losing 3-1 to Sparks before beating Faith Lutheran, 4-0, Elko, 5-0, and Douglas, 7-1.

Check back for more details about the games.