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Truckee girls soccer ties at Whittell; boys win big

Jeremy Evans
Sun News Service

In the past few years, Truckee, North Tahoe and Incline have considered the Whittell High girls soccer team a guaranteed victory.

Not anymore.

The Warriors held a 2-1 lead against Truckee before the Wolverines scored a late goal to salvage a 2-2 Northern 3A Tahoe League tie at Whittell on Tuesday.

Truckee is now 6-0-2 in league, with its other tie coming at North Tahoe on Sept. 11.

In one-goal losses to North Tahoe and Incline earlier this season, Whittell also held leads.

“Somebody said we haven’t scored a goal against Truckee in five or six years,” said first-year Whittell coach Tony Cormier, whose team now is 11-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in league. “We weren’t in those games before. Now we’re in these games. Hopefully in the next round of league games we can win one of them.”

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Sophomore Stephanie O’Neil scored both of Truckee’s goals, the first of which came unassisted from outside the 18-yard box to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead in the third minute.

In the 32nd minute, the Warriors’ Tierney McKool tied the game when her 35-yard direct kick sailed over Truckee keeper Michelle Plapp’s arms.

Then six minutes into the second half, Whittell forward Sasha Rupp was roughed up inside the penalty box and the Warriors were awarded a penalty kick. Rupp collected herself after the foul and slotted a shot into the side netting for a 2-1 lead.

Truckee found an equalizer of its own in the 72nd minute when Katie Dill got open on the wing after fighting through two defenders and crossed to O’Neil, who buried a shot past Whittell goalie Hannah Daly, who made 16 saves. Plapp had seven saves for Truckee.

The Wolverines missed a penalty kick chance of their own in the 79th minute when Lauren O’Neil’s shot missed wide left. Truckee had 18 shots on goal.

The Truckee High boys soccer team and host Whittell battled to a 0-0 tie in the first half, but the Wolverines exploded for six goals in the second half to notch a 6-0 Northern 3A Tahoe League victory on Tuesday.

“They stacked the box pretty well,” Truckee coach Tom Arnstein said of Whittell’s defense. “But we still got a lot of shots off.”

They just weren’t going in, Arnstein said, adding that his players were getting frustrated by the missed opportunities.

That was soon to change, however, as junior captain Max Brixey started the scoring with a goal shortly after the midway point.

“That opened the flood gates,” Arnstein said.

Brixey’s score preceded a hat trick ” three goals ” by junior striker Sal Tejeda. Senior Emmanuel “Morro” Sarabia also chipped in a goal, as did freshman Raul Cardenas.

Truckee improved to 12-1 overall and 6-1 in league. Whittell is 7-10-2 overall and 0-4 in league.

” Staff reports