Boys advance after 4-0 win
The Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ soccer team took one step closer to state Saturday by beating Moapa Valley 4-0 in the quarterfinals at home.
Hosting on a sloppy, wet field of mud and snow, Truckee got on the board 10 minutes into the game.
Taylor Greene came out of the game to change a wet shoe, and was replaced by Peter Kennelly during a corner kick by Wes Thelen.
Jim Leatherman pushed the corner kick toward Moapa’s goal and Kennelly swept in to kick it into the goal.
The remainder of the first half was not so easy for the Wolverines, who combated strong winds and resulting ball control problems.
“The ball was not moving very well,” said head coach larry Leatherman. “It was hard for players to predict what the ball was going to do.”
Still, Truckee’s defense held on, with goalie Gabe Valle covering each ball that came his way.
Truckee’s second goal came 15 minutes into the second half.
Greene took a pass from Antuan Cannon and got his footing to score a goal.
Five minutes later, on another pass from Cannon, Greene scored on a well-placed near post shot after he drew the keeper and defense out of position.
Kyle Barth finished the scoring from 20 yards out after taking a pass from Leatherman and drilling one to the upper far post.
“The whole team played well,” Leatherman said. “It wasn’t the prettiest game in the world, but I could tell the players were moving in the right places to do their runs and support.”
Truckee advances to the semifinals tomorrow at Dayton High School (6:30 p.m.) to face Whittell, a South Lake Tahoe-based high school.
“We have always had great games with Whittell over the years. This should be a hard fought contest,” Leatherman said.
Whittell beat Division 2 winniners Incline 1-0 and is coming off a 4-0 win against Boulder City last weekend.
A notable player for Whittelll is midfielder Dusty Apocotos.
Leatherman was confident injured players Diego Olmedo, Tom Hernandez and Jason Gifford would be healed up for the games.
Should Truckee win Friday night, it will advance to the state championship game Saturday at 1 p.m., also at Dayton.
At state, Truckee would face the winner of the North Tahoe/Spring Creek game at 4:30 p.m.
Last year, Truckee fell to North Tahoe in the state championship 3-2.
Truckee lost to North Tahoe last week 1-0 at home, the same day Hernandez was injured in a car accident and unable to play.
TTHS boys won the state championship in 1995 (as 2A) and 1996 (as 3A).
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