Girls fall to North Tahoe in regional final
The road to the state semifinals began smoothly for the Wolverine girls soccer team with an easy quarterfinal victory over Dayton on Wednesday Nov. 1. Truckee scored 13 goals and racked up 32 shots on goal for the day before leaving the field as victors.
Last Friday, a similar scene occurred as the Wolverines easily controlled the ball throughout the entire 90 minutes of play against Spring Creek.
TNT scored three goals within a 20-minute period, to close the first half at 3-0. The Wolverine starters then handed the game over to the subs, who successfully held off the Spartan offense the entire match.
Opening the scoring for the Wolverines was Kristine Bena in the ninth minute of play, off a deflected shot by senior Cali Pratt. In the 29th minute, Cali Pratt assisted on the second Truckee goal with an indirect kick that was put in by her sister, Natalie. Only two minutes later, Kristine Bena set-up a beautiful ball for Cali Pratt, who finished with two assists as well, and added a final goal.
The team played extremely well throughout the duration of play, passing very consistently and demonstrating the depth of the Truckee bench.
With three starters suffering from injury, the Wolverines faced its first difficult game of the post season on Saturday, as Truckee faced rival North Tahoe in a much-anticipated match. The two-heralded teams remained tied 0-0 until the 80th minute of play, when North Tahoe successfully penetrated the Wolverine defense to score the game’s only goal.
Coach Mike Holman admits the game was not one of Truckee’s best performances, yet the girls came away from the loss more determined than disappointed, and have adjusted their play accordingly.
Junior Kirsten Seitz, Cali Pratt and sophomore Jaimee Froelich, integral players on the Wolverine team, all played on Saturday despite suffering from various injuries. With a week of rest and the opportunity to reclaim the state championships, the girls are healthy and ready to play aggressive, confident ball.
Truckee will play Boulder City on Friday at 1:30 for the chance to play for in the finals on Saturday.
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