Boys’ soccer shuts out Sparks
The Truckee High School boys’ varsity soccer team beat Sparks High School 3-0 in a physical game on Tuesday.
In the first half both team showed tremendous hustle, but Truckee seemed to control the pace of play.
Sparks struggled to get an offensive possession as the Wolverines shut them down with good defense. Truckee goalie Clayton Bena had a number of nice saves in the first half.
Truckee continued to out shot Sparks but the Wolverines were unable to find a goal. Sparks began to step things up offensively, but they also struggled to get the ball in the net.
Bena had a nice tip to knock a shot on goal up over the goal post and to ensure the score remained 0-0 going in to the half.
Starting out the second half both teams came out running hard looking to score the first goal.
Shane Collins had a nice pass to Chris Pearson who’s shot hit the top of the goal box and bounced out onto the field where Kevin Waters shot it straight back to the box in to the back of the net for the first Truckee score.
Shortly after Scott Eberhardt took the ball across midfield and past a group of Sparks defenders to fire a shot in to the goal.
Bena came up with a huge kick save to rob Sparks of another goal.
The Wolverines continued to fire shots on the Sparks goalie. Truckee’s offense had no problem setting up scoring situations and getting shots off with its intense hustle.
Pearson made a good pass to Scott Eberhardt who drove to the goal to get his second goal of the game.
The game ended with a Wolverine victory 3-0.
“Sparks played well, they were a good team of individuals” said Truckee head coach Rob Curtis. “I told the guys to focus on team play and to be organized. Success with teamwork makes the individuals your playing frustrated.
This was definitely the case in the second half. While the Wolverine offense dominated the ball, its defense ensured the ball would stay on the offensive side of the field.
“Our defense did well in the second half,” Curtis said. “Kevin Waters made a big difference, it was good to have him back.”
Waters missed a game due to injury.
“We’re a confident but laid back team. It takes half a game to work up the intensity they had in the beginning of the season,” Curtis said.
The Wolverines plan to work on playing more intensely from the first whistle.
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