Four Truckee girls selected for All-State soccer team
Four members of the Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines’ girls’ varsity soccer team were named to the Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Associations All-State team in recognition of outstanding play in the 1999 season.
Rebecca Shook, Kirstin Seitz, Kristine Bena and Jillian Marchi were awarded the honor.
Shook not only made the first team in the all-state selections, but was also named Most Outstanding Player in the state for AAA schools. Shook, a forward for the Wolverines, scored 127 goals in her high school career, including 35 her senior year while playing injured for a majority of the season.
“Becca has terrific natural athleticism, speed and quickness which makes her a real scoring threat,” said Truckee Head Coach Larry Young. “She was often double teamed and was still able to score goals. This year she demonstrated greater dimension in her game with her movements off the ball, effectively acting as a decoy, which created scoring opportunities for her teammates. Her play has earned her tremendous respect among her teammates, opponents and coaches. She is very deserving of this award.”
Seitz was named to the all-state first team, a tremendous achievement in her sophomore year. It was also her second year as a starter for the varsity team.
“On the field, Kirsten is a no-nonsense physical player whose abilities and understanding of the game enable her to dictate the tempo of play,” Young said. “She played in the defensive role of stopper on the Wolverines’ team, and did just that. We had a few games when the team was struggling and Kirstin’s play held the team together and inspired her teammates to rally and raise the level of their play, ultimately resulting in a win.”
Bena, another sophomore, was also named to the all-state first team. Bena was the second-leading scorer on the team with 16 goals for the season.
“Kristine was initially concerned that she may not be ready for varsity play, but she quickly adapted and was not intimidated by the physical and aggressive play at the varsity level,” Young said. “Her speed and uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time make her a real scoring threat. I am looking forward to watching her play in the coming years.”
Marchi, a senior, was recognized as one of the best players in the state of Nevada with selection to the all-state second team.
“Jill is speedy, athletic and a tenacious defensive player,” Young said. “She has good skills and understanding of the game which allowed her to not only shut down her opponent, but enabled her to create scoring opportunities for her team. Jill had four assists this year, two of which came from her somersaulting flip-flop throw-in with which she is able to throw the ball right in front of the goal.”
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