Flash and Force top boys’ soccer division
The Sierra Soccer Club proved they are a Force and a Flash to be reckoned with, after both teams were crowned champions in this weekend’s Washoe Zephyr Tournament.
“It was great for us to have such a great showing and cap off the season this way,” SSC president Rich Welsh said. “We are proving that we are a force in soccer in this area and beyond.”
The under-12 SSC Flash once again topped their division to take first place, making it two championships in as many weeks for the boys.
The Flash is a pure under-11 squad and has posted an impressive 12-0 record during the past three tournaments, competing in the under-12 division.
The Flash routed the San Juan Soccer Club Fire of Sacramento in the finals, 4-0.
“San Juan has a great reputation and we were pleased to get such a good outcome against them,” Flash coach Carly Carlson said.
“They were very well organized, but we came out fired up and took it to them.”
Ten minutes into the game, the Flash struck when fullback Max Brixey, of Truckee, crossed the ball to forward Frankie Tenario, who prepared the ball with one-touch and on his next, buried it into the lower-left corner.
The Fire sagged in the second half, but the Flash still had some left in the tanks and came out to score three more off goals from Incline’s Eric Baumann, Tenario and Truckee’s Emmanuel Sarabia.
Before reaching the finals, the Flash pulled out a 2-1 win over the Reno/Sparks United (RSU) Soccer Club Blue squad. The Flash trailed 1-0 at halftime, but when fullback Jake Novotny of Tahoe City moved from his position to the forward line, his speed created two goals, including the game winner.
It was not the first time the Flash had trailed that tournament. They had to rebound from a 2-0 first-half deficit to defeat the RSU White team 5-2.
In that matchup, the Flash was ignited by Tahoe City’s Nick Daniels, who carried the ball from midfield through several defenders and past a diving keeper. Goals from Novotny, Truckee’s Salvador Tejada, Sarabia and Galen Knobbe of North Tahoe sealed the win.
The Flash had a 3-0 win in their first game with goals from Tejada, and two from Sarabia.
The SSC under-14 United Force also celebrated a victorious weekend, claiming the championship in dramatic fashion with a 3-2 overtime win over the San Rafael, Calif., Arsenal.
The Force defeated Arsenal 2-1 in pool play and met up again for the title game.
North Tahoe’s Sammy Fahrner scored in the first minute of the game to give Force the early edge. Arsenal was held scoreless until the second half when they equalized 1-1.
Force midfielder Casey Haskell of Truckee was ejected from the game after receiving his second yellow, leaving the Force down a man.
With six minutes left, Incline’s Cesar Bernal gave the Force the lead when he finished a deflected shot with a “scissors-kick” shot. Moments later, Truckee’s Sean Stewart was forced to deflect a shot with his hands after his keeper was beat.
The referee issued him a red card and awarded a penalty kick to the Arsenal, which tied the game 2-2. The ejection left the Force down two men on the field.
In the first minute of overtime play, defender Marnix Ramirez unloaded a solid, long shot that was saved, but the ball’s momentum carried the Arsenal keeper and the ball into the goal for the win.
“Last week we really started concentrating on our attack and switched our formation from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 and put much more pressure on our opponents defenders,” Coach Welsh said. “We kept increasing our scoring opportunities all tournament long.”
The Force are taking a brief break but will start preparing soon for the July California Cup, one of the best tournaments on the west coast, in Sacramento.
The SSC under-12 Apex squad went 0-2-1 at Washoe Zephyr.
The Heat, an under-14 SSC boy’s squad, finished 0-3.
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