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Truckee, North Tahoe boys soccer to meet in regional final

Kim Lamb/Sun News ServiceTruckee High junior Max Brixey stays with Battle Mountain's Alan Ortiz as he stops the ball with his chest during Friday's semifinal soccer match in Fallon.

Their campuses are only 15 miles apart, yet Truckee and North Tahoe head east to Fallon on Saturday to settle a score.

Truckee and North Tahoe face each other in a Wild West shootout at noon to determine the 2007 Northern 3A Northern Region Boys Soccer Tournament champion.

The match will be played at the Ed Arciniega Athletic Complex. Incline faces Battle Mountain at 10 a.m.

The Wolverines, the No. 1 team from the Sierra League, advanced to the title match with a 6-2 win against Battle Mountain on Friday, while the Lakers continued their mastery over Incline with a 6-0 victory on an adjacent field.

Truckee and the Longhorns, the No. 2-seeded team from the Sagebrush League, were engaged in an intense battle for the entire match.

“It was a hard fought game, physical from the get-go,” said Truckee coach Tom “Arnie” Arnstein.

Arnstein said Battle Mountain took his team out of its game plan until the second half.

“We moved the ball with one and two touches which opened up opportunities,” he said.

The Wolverines scored first at 32:11 when Al Virrey headed in a goal after taking a pass from Max Brixey.

The Longhorns stormed back and tied the match at 14:28 on Edgar Rodriguez’s goal.

However, the match’s turning point came at 11:30 when Rodriguez left the game with a twisted ankle.

Truckee took advantage of Rodriguez’s absence and scored twice before halftime.

With 10:59 left before intermission, Emmanuel “Morro” Sarabia scored a goal for a 2-1 lead, and Brixey added another goal.

“When Edgar came out, that opened up the gates,” said Battle Mountain coach Mark Lake.

The Longhorns’ defense settled down in the first 12 minutes of the second half until Sarabia broke away for his second goal of the day at the 52nd minute. Three minutes later, Battle Mountain sliced the lead in half, 4-2, when Fernando Gonzalez moved to his right and then kicked the ball diagonally to the opposite goal post.

The Wolverines put the match away with two goals, one from Victor Islas at the 56th minute and the final one from Raul Cardenas with 8:21 left in the match.

The Highlanders suffered their third consecutive loss to North Tahoe this season.

The Lakers, which split its two games with Truckee this season but tied Sparks twice, controlled the match against Incline by finishing off their shots and setting the tempo.

“Overall, we played an excellent game,” Lakers coach Beto Alcaraz said. “Even when the guys came off the bench, we didn’t miss a beat.”

The Lakers spread out the field and kept the pressure on Incline. Alcaraz also made a move involving Eric Holman. He moved the senior from midfield to forward, and Holman produced by scoring four goals.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Alcaraz said. “Eric is a very good player. He wasn’t pushing far enough in midfield, so I switched him to forward.”

As a result, Holman scored the final two goals in the first half to give North Tahoe a 3-0 lead at intermission.

Holman scored at 9:23 and right before halftime.

When he scored the third goal, Holman took a cross from David Munoz Octavo, cut around one defender and put the ball in.

Holman scored four minutes into the second half and at the 56th minute when he found himself caught in a group of defenders. He wiggled out and kicked the ball directly into the net.

Jonathan Gonzalez ended the scoring with 11:32 left in the match.

“Their No. 20 had a big game today,” said Incline coach Tom Canino.

He said the Lakers finished their shots and used their quickness to play well.

“We were left behind,” he added.

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