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Truckee soccer | Shorthanded girls shut down Fallon

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE — The Truckee girls were far from top form against visiting Fallon on Saturday, with seven players missing due to SAT testing. But with a little help from some capable JV call-ups, the Wolverines rallied in the second half to earn a 2-0 league win.

"It was definitely a slow start, but playing with a mixed team of JV and varsity players, they did a pretty good job," said Truckee coach Travis Spencer.

The Wolverines controlled possession throughout the contest but did not connect until the 65th minute, when Sophie Warren got her head on a nicely delivered cross by Lydia Christian.

Truckee senior Lynde Tucker returned from SATs midway through the second half and promptly impacted the game, as she buried a goal from outside the box, assisted by Hannah Seppi, in the 70th minute.

"We dominated possession the whole game," Spencer said. "We just made some mistakes and made it tougher on ourselves."

Truckee improved to 5-0-2 in Northern Division I-A play and 8-2-2 overall, while Fallon fell to 4-6-1 in league and 7-10-1 overall. In three meetings this season, Truckee has outscored Fallon 12-0.

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Although the Wolverines currently possess the league's fourth and final playoff seed — trailing South Tahoe (9-0-1), Spring Creek (7-1-1) and Elko (6-3-1) — Spencer said he's still waiting for his team to play up to its full potential.

"We're still waiting for the team to click a little bit. We have all the tools," he said, adding that this Friday's home game against first-place South Tahoe will be a good test. The Wolverines are the only team to tie the Vikings in league play this season.

JV girls win big

The Truckee JV girls started things off with a 7-0 win over Fallon on Saturday.

The Wolverines, who led 3-0 at the half, received three goals from Marley Simpson, while Olivia Koster scored two goals and Olivia Vigano and Mia Winans scored one apiece.