Boys to defend state title |

Boys to defend state title

“I have all the confidence in the world that we will play our best game. These are the last games of the season, and for many seniors – the last games period,” said Wolverine soccer coach Rob Curtis.

As the Truckee boys soccer team heads into play Friday and Saturday, the players are feeling strong, determined and boast a roster of players in good health. The Wolverines’ competitors are strategizing and adjusting their play to prepare for the biggest games of the year, yet Rob Curtis’ Wolverines trust the skill and depth of its bench and will play the same tough soccer Truckee has demonstrated every match.

Dominating league play all season, the TNT powerhouse remains undefeated and Curtis notes, “are taking games one at a time.” Unlike the North Tahoe Lakers, who have been plagued by injuries throughout the season, the Wolverine squad remains intact and confident it will be able to repeat as the NIAA/US Bank Nevada 3A state champion. Friday at 1:30, the Wolverines will face Manogue in Boulder City in a game that is not expected to pose a considerable challenge to the Truckee team. A Friday victory will carry the Wolverines into the finals on Saturday against the winner of the North Tahoe/Pahrump game.

While the Wolverines have demonstrated its skill and emerged victorious over the Lakers three times this season, a full, healthy Laker squad remains an obstacle in the Truckee path to victory. North Tahoe standout Will Wolford, who has been absent in games as recently as last weekend’s matches, will most likely play as will senior striker Brent Kegebein who has scored two goals against the Wolverines this season. This combination poses an undeniable offensive threat to TNT.

Though ready to face the Lakers for a possible fourth meeting, Curtis expressed his team’s wish to face Pahrump, a new opponent that would draw strong play from the Truckee bench. After observing the North Tahoe/Truckee match, Pahrump coach Pete Peterson feels his team is ready to face both teams.

Despite boasting an impressive 17-2-2 season record, Pahrump has been limited in its scope with a mere four teams in its league and, as Peterson said, “have not had as much competition as they would have liked.”

To prepare for the North Tahoe game Friday, Peterson’s team has been viewing the game film of last Saturday’s North Shore match up. Pahrump, while comparatively young with only four seniors, four juniors and 18 sophomores, is “looking forward” to some fierce competition this weekend. Facing an equally young North Tahoe bench on Friday, Pahrump will definitely get the challenge it has been craving.

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