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Boy’s soccer looks to playoffs

Matt Riddle

They’re not in the exact spot they want to be in, but yet they are. The boy’s soccer team is sitting in third in the Lake division after Saturday’s 0-0 tie with second place Incline Village.

That tie combined with the two losses to North Tahoe have them possibly facing the Lakers again somewhere in the Northern 3A League Tournament, Nov. 7 through 9, or the 3A state Championships at Cimarron High School in Las Vegas Nov. 15 through 16.

“I think if we can’t beat (North Tahoe) we don’t belong in State and I think losing to them twice got our attention,” coach Rob Curtis said. “I’m in a good spot. These guys should have every reason to be motivated right now.

“Does it bother me that we have to play (North) Tahoe? Absolutely not. I think it’s a great scenario.”

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The Wolverines faced Rite of Passage on Friday for an easy 3- 0 win with goals coming from Remy Denton with a Tim McDonald assist, a second from Kyle Kelly and the third from Kevin Waters. It was also a game without any seniors, because Curtis let them stay in Truckee to work on finals.

Saturday’s tie with Incline Village was also a loss. A win would have them in second place playing a lower-seeded team in the weaker Sagebrush Division but the tie leaves them in third. But the bigger blow came when goalie Daniel Galvin broke a bone in his right foot in a collision with a Highlander Saturday and will miss the rest of the season. Curtis was using Monday’s practice to solidify a replacement. He even brought up a player from the JV squad, Eric Newland.

“We don’t have a goalie, we have to play Tahoe, times are tough for us right now,” Curtis said. “We’re definitely looking at a difficult situation.”

The big question for a potential North Tahoe match-up is how bad do they want it?

“I still think we can beat them if we want it bad enough (N. Tahoe),” Denton said. “I think we’ll want it bad enough. That’s an important game and we’ve already lost twice. I think we can pull it off.”

Maybe it’s effort.

“We just need to try harder,” captain Dan Rostad said. “I think we’re going to play them for sure. Hopefully we’ll beat them.”

But for Tuesday’s Whittell game, Wednesday’s last home game against Bishop Manogue and the first round of the tournament, the Wolverines have to be in form.

“If these boys are focused and preparing themselves for Tahoe, I would foresee our scores being more lopsided the next three games than we have seen all season,” Curtis said. “If not, we’re in trouble. I’m not looking to run the score up, I’m looking for these guys to pick their play up.”


 

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