Truckee soccer: Boys fall to Incline in state semifinal
SPARKS and#8212; The Wolverines’ bid for a third consecutive state championship ended with a 3-1 loss to top-seeded Incline in a 3A state semifinal Friday at Golden Eagle Regional Park.
and#8220;I’m disappointed, but I’m pleased with our effort,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia. and#8220;and#8230; We just did not make the most of our chances.and#8221;
Truckee, which had won back-to-back state titles for a Nevada-record seven total, finished the season 12-7-3 overall, and 9-6-3 against the Northern 3A.
The Highlanders went on to edge second-seeded Sparks 1-0 in the 102nd minute, and second overtime period, of the 3A state championship game Saturday. The state championship marked Incline’s third ever, and first in the 3A. The Highlanders finished with a perfect 19-0 record against the Northern 3A, and 25-1-1 overall.
and#8220;They’ve been the best team all year, but we’ve been in it,and#8221; said Valdivia, whose Wolverines went 0-4 against Incline this season and#8212; losing 3-1 twice during the regular season, and again 2-0 at regionals. and#8220;That’s a good team right there.and#8221;
After an evenly played opening 20 minutes, Incline senior striker Alex Reyes-Manrriquez put the Highlanders on the board with a goal and#8212; his 41st of the season and#8212; assisted by Edward Rodriguez in the 21st minute.
Edgar Anguiano then followed with a goal assisted by Michael Ceragioli in the final minute of the first half to give the Highlanders a 2-0 lead at the break.
Truckee senior Abel Islas cut into the lead early in the second half with an unassisted goal. But Incline senior Johnny Luna answered with the Highlanders’ third score assisted by Rodriguez in the 61st minute.
The Wolverines played hard until the final whistle sounded, with Islas narrowly missing a couple more scoring chances in the second half, and senior goalie Nate Hamill making several quick-reflex saves on Incline shots.
and#8220;Nate Hamill had a great game in the goal,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;… And Abel was incredible. He almost single-handedly got us back in the game.and#8221;
Valdivia also credited the solid performances of junior center midfielder Bryan Reed, as well as senior midfielder Robby Heck and sophomore defender Ben Brown. Heck sent a number of well-placed through-passes up the field to teammates, while Brown skillfully handled his tough task of marking Incline’s dangerous strikers.
and#8220;We did pretty good,and#8221; Islas said. and#8220;We just didn’t finish in front of their goal.and#8221;
Islas, a three-year varsity starter and key member of the Wolverines’ state championship teams the past two seasons, said he’ll miss spending time with his Truckee teammates.
and#8220;I’m glad for the opportunity to play here,and#8221; he said. and#8220;I wish good luck to them in the future.and#8221;