Boys soccer faces long, hard stretch after first loss of season
The boys soccer team stumbled through a win and two losses this last week against North Tahoe, 9-0, ROP, 1-3, and 4A Carson City, 5-0-3, as it prepares for Incline Village, 6-0, tomorrow.
They gave up their first, second and third goals of the season and were almost shut out by the Lakers, losing 1-3. Two days later, ROP came to visit and didn’t have the same results. The Wolverines, 7-2 overall, took out a little angst from their loss against rival Tahoe City, shutting out the Rams 7-0. But on Tuesday, the visiting Senators outlasted the Wolverines and handed them their first shut out, 2-0.
Against the Rams, TTHS was a little sloppy against a team that had only 10 players show up. For NIAA sanctioned play, you need only seven players to field a team, so coach Rob Curtis pulled a player off the field to make it even. For the North Tahoe loss, the team needs to shoot the ball a little more.
Carson City scored a goal early and held off repeated Truckee attacks during the course of the game. With five minutes left, the 4A team chipped a corner shot off of the upright and into the net, just out of reach of junior goalie Dan Rostad. The clock ticked away and Truckee was shut out for the first time this year.
“I think we need to work more on defense and get together better as a team,” senior Miguel Tafolla said. “We’re going to have to work hard to beat (North Tahoe again).”
Oct. 2, it took North Tahoe 20 minutes to make the first score of the game by capitalizing on a penalty kick. Ten minutes later, they scored again with another penalty kick.
After that, Truckee was able to keep North Tahoe in check, but wasn’t able to put the ball in the net.
“It was pretty intense; their forwards are good,” sophomore Rueben Martinez said. “They counterattacked a lot and get more runs.”
In the second half, the Lakers scored a third time with 18 minutes left, dimming the lights on Truckee’s hopes. With less than five minutes left, senior Miguel Tafolla hit the Wolverines only score of the game. Despite a lot of attempts to run the ball in, Truckee watched the clock run out on them as they lost their first of the season.
“If you’re going to lose a game, this is the one you want to lose,” coach Rob Curtis said. “Get your lessons in now. The last one still laughing at the end of the season is the one that wins.”
Truckee’s six previous wins came off of teams with a combined record 16-30-2. Yerington, 7-2-2, was the only squad with a winning record.
“The teams we have been playing haven’t been that great so they haven’t been putting a lot of pressure on us,” said senior Casey Eberhardt. “We weren’t use to having to rush the ball.”
North Tahoe is undefeated, as is Incline Village. For their remaining schedule, eight of their next games are against teams with winning records. This includes two matches with 6-1-1 Bishop Manogue, a rematch with North Tahoe, a second game against Incline Village and two games against 5-3 Whittell out of Stateline.
“It’s definitely the toughest stretch of the season,” Curtis said. “We could come out of it a .500 team.”
One of the problems Shaffer is seeing in his team’s play is that they pass too much. They control the ball, but just aren’t taking enough shots and settling for too many passes.
“There’s a fine line between possession and aggression,” Curtis said.