Boys’s soccer steps into 3A ready for the challenge
When it comes to the THS boy’s varsity soccer team, this year is going to be a bit different than years past.
“In the past we played some small 3A schools, which were traditionally some weaker teams,” said Head Coach Rob Curtis. “This year those schools have been dropped from our schedule and replaced with larger 4A schools.”
Bigger teams such as Carson, Sparks, South Lake and Douglas will replace teams like Fernley and Douglas.
Curtis seems to think the change in schedule will be positive for the most part.
“It’s good because it will force us to play,” Curtis said. “It’s already got the teams attention.”
This year’s team is composed of one freshman, five sophomores, three juniors and 11 seniors. This is the first time a freshman was brought up to varsity in 10 years.
“We’ve got a lot of young players, but they’re big young players,” Curtis said.
On defense Curtis is looking to Junior Kyle Adams. At mid field Seniors Timmy McDonald, Danny Rostad and Remy Denton look to lead the Wolverines. Scott Eberhardt, a sophomore Curtis pulled up from the freshman team at the end of the season, is expected to come through for the team up front. At goal Curtis is still working with junior Clayton Bena and sophomore Eric Newland.
“The team doesn’t seem distracted,” Curtis said. “They all seem focussed on the same goal.”
Last week the varsity team took on McQueen in a preseason scrimmage.
“I thought it would be a good test to find out where we were at,” Curtis said.
In the scrimmage Danny Rostad scored two goals. Scott Eberhardt added another two and JC Martinez scored one to beat McQueen 5-0.
This past weekend the Wolverines played in the Howell Memorial Tournament. The tournament was composed of eight teams, five of which were 4A teams.
Each game had 25 minute halves instead of the standard 45.
In their first game Truckee defeated Reno High 4-0. Danny Rostad, Ramiro Aguilar, Kevin Waters and JC Martinez each had a goal.
The second game Truckee beat Reed 2-0. In this game Danny Rostad had two goals, one of which was a penalty kick and the other assisted by Kyle Adams.
By winning against Douglas 1-0 with another Danny Rostad penalty kick in the third round, Truckee went on to play Manogue in the final game.
“It was a big penalty kick weekend,” Curtis said. “We should see a lot of penalty kicks this year because we have guys that aren’t afraid to take it to the net.”
Truckee won the game against Manogue 8-0 and won the tournament without a single goal scored against them.
In the Manogue game Chris Pearson had three goals and one assist to Kevin Waters. Waters scored off of Pearson’s corner kick with a header into the back of the net.
Jeremy Adams had two goals in the game and Cesar Gonzalez and JC Martinez each had one apiece. The right footed Martinez scored his goal left footed from 30 yards out.
“I was really glad to see them this far along this early in the season,” Curtis said. “We came out running hard, it was a great start. Hopefully we can keep up the intesity,” he added.
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