Truckee, North Tahoe soccer sweeps through state semis to set up rival championships |

Truckee, North Tahoe soccer sweeps through state semis to set up rival championships

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe senior Gerry Bolanos rips a shot in Friday's 3A state semifinal against Faith Lutheran. North Tahoe won the match 3-1.

The North Tahoe (No. 2 seed north) and Faith Lutheran (No. 1 seed south) boys put on an entertaining and well-played match in their semifinal Friday.

The Lakers started the game with noticeable quickness to their step and immediately dominated midfield play with solid passing. Senior Gerry Bolanos put North Tahoe on the board first with an exquisite goal on a direct free kick in the 27th minute of play.

Soon after, the Lakers’ David Octavio doubled the score with a rebound goal.

Despite the back-to-back goals, the Crusaders kept their heads high and rallied a nice goal off a cross just before halftime to bring the score to 2-1. The Lakers continued to control possession, but Faith Lutheran staged a few attacks.

As the game drew to a close, the Crusaders got desperate for offense and relaxed on defense. This tactic proved to be unsuccessful as Bolanos collected a through ball and distributed to Octavio, who ripped the Faith Lutheran net with his second goal of the game in the 78th minute.

The semifinal between Truckee (No. 1 seed north) and Incline (No. 3 seed north) on Friday was a loose and rowdy match highlighted by rugged play.

Truckee got on the board in the 22nd minute when junior Victor Islas sent a nice bloop shot over the Incline goalkeeper and into the net. The rest of the first half remained scoreless as both teams tackled hard but couldn’t capitalize on any scoring opportunities.

The second half started with Truckee up 1-0, but that score didn’t last long. In the first minute of the half Islas put in his second goal of the game to bring the score to 2-0.

Five minutes later, Truckee senior Joey Eberhardt knocked one in the Incline net to put his team up 3-0. The Wolverines continued to dominate.

Within the next 10 minutes, Truckee senior Emmanuel “Morro” Sarabia scored twice, bringing the score to 5-0.

Incline fought back and put a few shots on goal but was unable to score.

To finish the game, Truckee’s Salvador Tejeda put in one more goal to push the final score to 6-0.

The NIAA 3A State Girls Soccer Championship semifinal match-up between North Tahoe (No. 2 seed north) and Faith Lutheran (No. 1 seed south) was a battle to the end Friday.

The first half saw the two teams trade attacks with Faith Lutheran slightly dominating midfield play at Reno’s Mackay Stadium. The game was scoreless going into halftime.

In the second half both teams found control and mounted better organized drives up field. North Tahoe capitalized first on a rebound goal by Sage Clark in the 50th minute of play.

The Crusaders were undeterred, however, as they quickly equalized the score on a goal assisted by a direct kick in the 56th minute. The game remained tied for the next 22 minutes as both teams scrapped to create scoring opportunities.

With 2 minutes in the game North Tahoe’s Michelle Zarick collected a midfield pass and drove past two Faith Lutheran defenders to waltz alone into the box for a breakaway goal. The game ended soon after the ensuing kickoff.

Truckee (No. 1 seed north) edged basin rival Incline (No. 3 seed north) by a single goal in a hard-fought semifinal match Friday. Both teams came ready to play, and the game was high intensity from the starting whistle.

Truckee showed better ball-handling skills and got on the board early with well-struck goal from sophomore Stephanie O’Neil in the fourth minute. The remainder of the first half was highlighted by several nice Incline attacks, as well as a few near misses from Truckee.

Starting the second half, Incline looked inspired trailing 1-0. The Highlanders’ tenacious offense was rewarded in the 47th minute as sophomore Lauren Grasinger hustled after a bouncing through ball and smacked a shot into the Truckee goal to even the score at 1-1.

The game did not stay tied for long, though. Truckee answered Incline’s goal just seven minutes later with a corner kick assisted goal from junior Katie Dill.

With Truckee leading 2-1, the Highlanders mounted a spirited attempt to even up the score, but their attempt fell short.

The Truckee-North Tahoe girls championship is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno.

The Truckee-North Tahoe boys championship is scheduled for noon.

Go go for directions to Damonte Ranch.

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