Truckee girls avenge loss to Highlanders |

Truckee girls avenge loss to Highlanders

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunTruckee High junior Katie Dill breaks away for one of her three goals during the Wolverines' 4-1 win against visiting Incline on Tuesday.

The Truckee High girls soccer team executed better down the stretch than visiting Incline to pick up a hard-earned, 4-1 win in an evenly played Northern 3A league battle Tuesday.

“I’m pretty stoked; we got revenge on them,” said Truckee junior Katie Dill, who led the charge offensively with three goals. “But this is just one game. We’ve got to look to the future.”

That revenge stems from a 2-0 loss to the Highlanders in the 2006 state championship ” a loss that will not soon be forgotten by Truckee’s returning players.

“They were (fired up),” Truckee coach Nikki Gerardi said of her players. “They wanted to avenge last year’s loss.”

They did so with inspired play on both ends, as the Wolverines converted on four of 15 shots to Incline’s one of 12. On the other end, Truckee defended its territory fiercely as the Highlander offense refused to relent.

Senior goalkeeper Michelle Plapp played a crucial role, scooping up nearly everything that came her way. The one exception was a goal by Incline sophomore Kelli Cherry that ricocheted off a Truckee defender and trickled into the net in the opening minute of the second half.

With Truckee clinging to a 3-1 lead late in the contest, Incline senior Shawnee Wood blasted a shot from inside the 6-yard box that Plapp somehow managed to block ” drawing a reaction from the home crowd as the sound of the deflection reverberated through Surprise Stadium.

Junior Chelsea Bolton followed up with a shot on the rebound, but Plapp grasped it firmly to put an end the threat.

John Paganelli, head coach of the Highlanders, gave Truckee its due credit for holding off his defending state champs.

“I think the team that was prepared to play played better,” Paganelli said. “I think today Truckee was the better team.”

The North Shore foes, he pointed out, face off again on Oct. 23 at Incline.

Posting the game’s initial goal, Dill slipped behind the Incline defense ” which relied on its speed to get back in position after commonly pushing far up field ” for an open breakaway score in the 14th minute.

Dill again beat the Incline defense in the 33rd minute when she cut to the inside from around midfield and outran three Highlanders to punch in her second goal.

Cherry’s goal early in the second half cut Truckee’s lead to 2-1 as the momentum began to shift toward the Highlanders.

Dill then struck again on a breakaway reminiscent of her first two scores to put the Wolverines in front 3-1 while stealing back the momentum.

After several more minutes of back-and-forth play, Truckee freshman Kelsi Decker received a perfectly placed pass upfield from sophomore Stephanie O’Neil for yet another breakaway goal ” this time sealing the deal at 4-1.

“I think we played well,” Gerardi said. “It was a tough game, one of the toughest we’ve played this year.”

The Truckee High girls soccer team hosts Dayton on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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