Fall preview 2001: Boys’ Soccer
A record of 23-1 is a hard act to follow, though Coach Rob Curtis and his massive squad of 24 varsity boys’ soccer players are out to prove it is not so difficult.After losing in the State finals to the North Tahoe Lakers to close the 2000 season, the Wolverines are back on the fields and looking strong after the Quincy Tournament last weekend.Truckee emerged from the weekend undefeated, easily beating every team they faced.”We played more organized ball as the games went on in Quincy, though we will just have to wait until our first game to gauge how well we can play together,” said Curtis.The overall strength of this years squad is speed, according to Curtis, and early season conditioning has improved both the skill work and cardiovascular health of the Wolverine bench.”By the end of the day, the teams we were playing were exhausted and ready to go home while we still looked fresh and aggressive,” said Assistant Coach Chris Ebner.”We were sure to do enough training this year to get in good shape, and of course it helps that we have so many players.”Senior Gabe Gannam drove the TNT offense in Quincy with four goals and seven assists; a promising start for the veteran player who will be instrumental to the Wolverines’ offensive success this season.Central midfielder Jeff Ebner also played aggressively in the teams’ first showing, earning himself a tournament MVP nomination along with teammate Mark Gianetto.The Wolverines have traditionally been strong in midfield, driving the long ball forward while protecting the net. This year is no exception with veteran defender Marco Martinez anchoring the defense.Despite losing nine integral players from last year’s squad to graduation, Curtis’ team is still packed with skilled players looking to play hard and win.While a team of 24 is unusually large, it consists of 14 seniors who will be playing their last season with the Wolverines.”We wanted to get some younger guys out on the field and familiar with varsity level play this year so that we wouldn’t have to start from scratch next year with an entirely new team,” said Curtis.The large team will also give Curtis the luxury of resting starters, rotating players more frequently and trying new lineups throughout the season.Teams to watch out for this year, according to Curtis, are the Manogue Miners – who are eager to pull out a win over Truckee after losing four straight games to the Wolverines – as well as last year’s State Champs the Lakers.The team will head to Vintage for a tournament this weekend before their first game on the road against Yerington next Wednesday.Boys Varsity SoccerFri & Sat. Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 Vintage Tourney TBAWed. Sept. 5 vs. Yerington @ Yerington 4:00Fri. Sept. 7 vs. Lovelock @ Lovelock 4:00Sat. Sept. 8 vs. Lowry @ Lowry 2:00Wed. Sept. 12 vs. Fernley @ Truckee 4:00Fri. Sept. 14 vs. Battle Mountain @ Truckee 4:00Sat. Sept. 15 vs. Spring Creek @ Truckee 12:00Fri. Sept. 21 vs. Dayton @ Dayton 4:00Wed. Sept. 26 vs. North Tahoe @ North Tahoe 4:00Fri. Sept. 28 vs. ROP @ ROP 4:00Sat. Sept. 29 vs. Incline @ Incline 12:00Fri. Oct. 5 vs. Incline @ Truckee 5:00Sat. Oct. 6 vs. Whittell @ Whittell 12:00Wed. Oct. 10 vs. Manogue @ Truckee 4:00Fri. Oct. 19 vs. ROP @ Truckee 4:00Sat. Oct. 20 vs. Incline @ Incline 12:00Tues. Oct. 23. vs. Whittell @ Truckee 4:00Thurs. Oct. 25 vs. Manogue @ Manogue 4:00Boys JV SoccerFri. Sept. 4 vs. North Tahoe @ North Tahoe 5:00Sat. Sept. 8 vs. Lowry @ Lowry 12:00- Grass Valley SchoolTues. Sept. 11 vs. Whittell @ Truckee 4:00Thurs. Sept. 13 vs. Manogue @ Truckee 4:00Sat. Sept. 22 vs. Spring Creek @ Spring Creek 12:00Wed. Sept. 26 vs. North Tahoe @ North Tahoe 4:00Tues. Oct. 2 vs. Incline @ Truckee 4:00Tues. Oct. 9 vs. Whittell @ Whittell 4:00Wed. Oct. 10 vs. Manogue @ Manogue 4:00Fri. Oct. 12 vs. North Tahoe @ Truckee 4:00Sat. Oct. 13 vs. Spring Creek @ Truckee 12:00Wed. Oct. 17 vs. Quincy @ Quincy 5:30Fri. Oct. 19 vs. Incline @ Incline 4:00
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