Boys’ soccer looking good this season
After last year’s championship season, the men’s soccer program at Truckee High is ready to go for- what else?- a repeat.
Before that can happen, though, head coach Rob Curtis and crew have to deal with the graduation of 13 seniors.
“Obviously, a large part of our success last year was due to our senior leadership,” Curtis said. “I think trying to replace guys like that is always a challenge.”
One missing major link was at goalie, so Curtis looked around for athletes from other sports and found junior Daniel Galvin. He hadn’t played soccer in years but was playing basketball and baseball. Curtis more or less offered him the starting position.
“For a guy that hasn’t played soccer in years and be offered a starting position is pretty tempting,” Curtis said.
For this year, the team is more even skill-wise than years past.
“We’re more balanced this year,” Curtis said. “We have some good individual players with some athletic skills, we have some good team speed, we have some good finishers, but our success depends on how well we gel as a team.”
This year Curtis will rely more on the younger players because this year’s lineup features only seven seniors, 10 juniors and three sophomores.
“This year more than others we’re depending on the younger guys,” Curtis said.
For years past, Curtis has noticed an element of distractions related to how well a team performs. He wants to eliminate as many as possible.
“The team that seemed to have the least amount of distractions seemed to do better,” he said.
For senior Casey Everhardt, the biggest task this season will be in the games against Incline Village, North Tahoe and Bishop Manogue.
“I think we’re going to state,” he said. “I don’t know about winning it, (but) I’m pretty sure we will.”
Senior Tom Kleffman shared Everhardt’s optimism.
“The younger players are going to have to step up and play and hopefully we’ll make it to state,” he said. “I think we’ll win, but it’s hard to stay.”
First-year assistant coach Greg Nicholas is also looking to the younger end of the squad.
“We have a lot of younger players that are really good, really strong,” Nicholas said. “They will play a lot and we feel we can do it with them.”
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Students frustrated at the cancellation of sports waved signs and delivered speeches at a Truckee High School protest in an attempt to return to the field this year.