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Wolverines win big

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunTruckee High junior Salvador Tejeda takes a shot against Incline on Tuesday. The Wolverines won 10-2.

The Wolverines were firing on all cylinders Tuesday, dominating the flow from the onset in a 10-2 rout of visiting Incline.

“I thought they played pretty good one- and two-touch soccer and moved the ball around quickly,” said Tom Arnstein, Truckee’s head coach. “And they were able to keep their intensity up despite getting a big lead.”

Truckee junior Max Brixey and senior Eric Pratt scored three goals apiece while Emmanuel “Morro” Sarabia chipped in two points.

Goals by junior Salvador Tejeda and freshman Raul Cardenas rounded off the scoring for the Wolverines, who improved to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in Northern 3A league play.

For the Highlanders, senior captain Juan Herrera burned the Wolverine defense for a score in the 28th minute to cut Truckee’s lead to 4-1.

About five minutes into the second half, Incline junior Erik Baumann slipped a shot past a charging Ryan Newland, Truckee’s goalkeeper, on a wide-open breakaway to adjust the score to 7-2.

Besides those two defensive lapses, Truckee remained in command until the final whistle.

“Obviously we have a lot of things to work on,” Tom Canino, head coach of the Highlanders, said after the game. “We need to play faster and have better touch. …

“The score told the story there.”

Brixey initiated Truckee’s offensive outburst just two minutes into the contest. The junior captain bumped into the air a headed pass from Erling Selen just inside the 18-yard box and, before the ball hit the ground, booted a shot past Incline keeper Daniel Chavez.

Erling, a senior foreign exchange student from Norway, collected another assist a few minutes later with a selfless dish-off to Sarabia, who had streaked down the middle of the field to set up a point-blank goal from inside the 6.

Pratt jumped on the scoring bandwagon in the 17th minute with an impressive display of hustle and footwork. The senior sprinted toward the sideline to keep the ball in play, barely saving it at the line before turning upfield, touching it twice and blasting a line drive into the back of the net.

Pratt posted the Wolverines’ next two goals, one in the 24th minute and the other in 30th, to extend Truckee’s lead to 5-1 after Herrera had put Incline on the board.

Truckee’s final goal of the half came on yet another unselfish play, this time by freshman JV call-up Michael Brixey, who, instead of taking an open shot himself, passed to older brother Max for an easy score on the run.

Sarabia’s second goal perhaps was the most impressive of the day, as the senior broke free deep in Incline territory and juked keeper Erik Espinoza ” who had replaced Chavez ” before calmly tapping the ball into the net less than a minute into the second half.

Not to be left out of the scoring action, Tejeda followed with a goal of his own. Off a Max Brixey pass, Tejeda kicked a hard shot off the body of a well-positioned Espinoza, then recovered the rebound and slipped it past the keeper to give Truckee an 8-2 lead.

Max Brixey picked up his hat trick after controlling a Sarabia goal kick that sailed over two-thirds of the field, leaving Brixey open for a breakaway score.

The Highlanders played hard until the end, with Espinoza making a couple nice blocks to keep Truckee’s lead from further swelling.

With about two minutes to play, however, Cardenas posted the Wolverines’ 10th goal in heavy traffic inside Incline’s 6-yard box.

“We did really good today,” Newland said, “really good passing around. It’s nice to go up 10-2 on a team that’s supposed to be one of the best in the (Northern 3A).”

The Truckee High boys soccer team hosts Dayton on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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