Boys take soccer regional
A wider field equates more room for skillful passing and aggressive midfield presence: two things the Tahoe-Truckee Wolverine boys’ varsity soccer team is not lacking. Rite of Passage’s expansive playing field was the site of Truckee’s play in the regional playoffs for northern division 3A and the squad won the regional with defeating Spring Creek and North Tahoe.
Post- season play? This scene more closely mirrored an easy scrimmage for the dominating Wolverine squad, as it used the ample field space to run circles around the Spartans in the first round on Nov. 3, beating Spring Creek, 4-0.
While both teams battled until the end, clear dominance was established on the Wolverine end, controlling play for the duration of the game. Senior Jarrett Bower netted the only goal in the first half of play for the Wolverines, as each offense initially failed to materialize scoring opportunities.
On a skillful side volley at the outset of the second half, Jason Waters scored and literally “got the ball rolling” for the Wolverines, to open the second half. On a breakaway run, senior striker and Wolverine leading scorer Elias Silver delivered the third goal of the game for Truckee, crushing the Spartans hopes of a late game comeback. Junior Gabe Gannam also established his potency on the field with superb passing and dribbling that resulted in the last goal of the day in the closing minutes of play.
Rallying after Friday’s easy victory, the Truckee team returned to Rite of Passage the next day on Saturday, to face the Lakers for the third and possibly last time this season. While this second round playoff game posed more of a challenge to the Truckee might, the Wolverines walked away with a well-deserved win, taking the game 3-1.
Placing the ball in the bottom left corner of the Laker’s net, Silver wasted no time in putting some distance between the two rivals. Once again heading into the half leading 1-0, the Wolverines knew that the time to rally was upon them.
Off a direct kick from Bower, Waters scored on a shot that just made it into the net past the inside the left post, to increase the Wolverine lead to 2-0. North Tahoe’s newcomer Miguel Martinez scored the Lakers’ lone goal to bring the two teams within one goal with only minutes of playing time remaining.
Rising to the occasion in the final minutes of play, Gannam added an insurance goal to bring home the victory for Truckee. Defeating North Tahoe once again, the TNT squad moved one step closer to a repeat state championship.
This win places the Wolverines in the top position heading into semi-final and final play this weekend in Boulder City.
The Wolverines will face Manogue on Friday, while the Lakers will also advance, yet will face a more difficult road as they face the Southern champion Pahrump Valley.
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