Girls play superb soccer but come up short
The NIAA/U.S. Bank Nevada 3A state championships in Boulder City last weekend was like a giant mood swing for the Wolverine girls’ soccer team. After a superb performance in the semifinals, Truckee was too worn out and fell to North Tahoe, 2-0, in the championship.
On Nov. 10, Truckee faced Boulder City in semi-final play, in what coach Mike Holman called, “The best played game of the year,” adding “The game we have been striving to play all year finally came together.”
With 34 shots on goal for the day, the Wolverines completely clipped the wings of the Eagles, playing strong possession and defense to strut away with a 4-0 victory.
The first goal for the Wolverines was delivered with six minutes left in the first half, as Cali Pratt turned a pass from Kristine Bena into a 1-0 lead. Opening the second half, Bena set up a cross to Kristine Trudeau who, with a one- touch layoff, assisted stopper Kirsten Seitz who put in goal number two.
Cali Pratt opened the door for the Wolverines’ third goal with a beautiful pass to Bena, securing the lead for the Truckee squad. In a display that epitomized the control and teamwork the team has been working toward all season, the Wolverines finished the day with 12 one- touch passes ultimately to send the ball into the Eagles’ net. This skillful maneuvering and cooperation left the Wolverines and Holman “Ready to play the championship game.”
Friday’s effort was nothing short of textbook for the Wolverines, and was largely led by the omnipresent leadership of senior Cali Pratt. Playing so intensely in the semifinals took its toll on the Wolverines and Pratt, in particular, who has been plagued by injuries all season. Pratt played so hard on Friday that she was barely able to walk on Saturday morning before the final match against defending state champion, North Tahoe.
While playing 80 minutes of the final game, Pratt was in considerable pain, and her absence in midfield took its toll on the Wolverines.
The Truckee offense dominated the game with 35 shots on goal to the Lakers mere five, yet they were unable capitalize on opportunities.
Coach Holman admitted that, “While the girls played the game we wanted to play, they just couldn’t seem to finish.”
The loss was disappointing for the Truckee team, as it dominated league play all season. North Tahoe defended its state title with a 2-0 win, though Holman is the first to assert, “We will be right back in the same place next year.”
The Wolverines will lose five seniors at the end of the year, while a large portion of the team will return next season. Holman will be coaching an under-16 club team this spring, which will begin tryouts at the end of November, but is currently recruiting new players from various schools in the Tahoe/Truckee area.
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