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Fall preview 2001: Girls’ Soccer

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

After losing a heartbreaking state final game to the Lakers last fall, varsity girls soccer Coach Mike Holman asserted, “we will be right back in the same place next year.”Last Saturday the ladies lived up to this prediction, playing tough ball in the Galena Tournament against three of the most competitive teams in the 4A division.The Wolverines came away from games with Reno, Galena and Douglas with improved confidence in their drive to reclaim the State title this season.”We are looking really strong everywhere,” said Holman after watching the weekend’s play.With forward Julie Rueckheim leading the TNT offensive drive, the skilled footwork of Darcy Spencer and speedy wing Kristine Bena, the Wolverine attack is promising to be one of the strongest in 3A play.Consistent high scorer Natalie Pratt will also be donning shin guards for Truckee this season after playing competitive ball in Thailand this summer. The void left in the Wolverines’ defense by graduating seniors has been filled this year by four new juniors who have moved up from the ranks of the the JV team.”I wasn’t sure how strong our defense was going to be, but after last weekend I was really encouraged by every part of our game,” added Holman.Michelle Austin, Nicole Ross, Heidi Andreson and Katelyn Kulak are the newly-laid bricks that Holman is hoping will form an impenetrable defensive wall protecting new sophomore keeper Emily Griesmer.New team trainer Dennis Belisle has been working with the girls over the last few weeks, working on strength and conditioning prior to their first regular season game on Sept. 5 at Yerington.”Dennis brings a whole new element to what we’re doing out there,” said Holman. “He has had a very positive impact on the team.”In addition to a new trainer, TNT is also changing up their game from a shorter, more controlled passing strategy to a longer style of ball.These new additions, Holman is hoping, will be the key to another dominating season for TTHS and maybe even a new trophy in the Wolverine trophy case.Girls Varsity SoccerFri. & Sat. Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 Quincy Tournament @ Quincy TBAWed. Sept. 5 vs. Yerington @ Yerington 2:00Fri. Sept. 7 vs. Lovelock @ Lovelock 2:00Sat. Sept. 8 vs. Lowry @ Lowry 2:00Wed. Sept. 12 vs. Fernley @ Truckee 12:00Fri. Sept. 14 vs. Battle Mountain @ Truckee 2:00Sat. Sept. 15 vs. Spring Creek @ Truckee 10:00Fri. Sept. 21 vs. Dayton @ Dayton 2:00Wed. Sept. 26 vs. North Tahoe @ North Tahoe 2:00Sat. Sept. 29 vs. Incline @ Incline 10:00Fri. Oct. 5 vs. Incline @ Truckee 2:00Sat. Oct. 6 vs. Whittell @ Whittell 10:00Wed. Oct. 10 vs. Manogue @ Truckee 2:00Fri. Oct. 12 North Tahoe @ Truckee 2:00Sat. Oct. 20 vs. Incline @ Incline 10:00Tues. Oct. 23. vs. Whittell @ Truckee 2:00Thurs. Oct. 25 vs. Manogue @ Manogue 2:00Girls JV SoccerTues. Sept. 11 vs. Whittell @ Truckee 2:00Thurs. Sept. 13 vs. Manogue @ Truckee 2:00Sat. Sept. 22 vs. Spring Creek @ Spring Creek 10:00Wed. Sept. 26 vs. North Tahoe @ North Tahoe 2:00Tues. Oct. 2 vs. Incline @ Truckee 2:00Tues. Oct. 9 vs. Whittell @ Whittell 2:00Wed. Oct. 10 vs. Manogue @ Manogue 2:00Fri. Oct. 12 vs. North Tahoe @ Truckee 4:00Sat. Oct. 13 vs. Spring Creek @ Truckee 10:00Fri. Oct. 19 vs. Incline @ Incline 2:00


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