Girls soccer claims state championship
For the third year in a row, the Tahoe-Truckee High School varsity girls’ soccer team won the NIAA/U.S. Bank state title, this time at Dayton against Incline in a 3-2 overtime victory.
“They came ready to play,” Truckee head coach Doug Roberts said of the Highlanders.
The previous night, the Wolverines finished off Whittell in the semifinal game 4-1 on goals from Quincy Young, Megan Sutter-Jow, Becca Shook and Kim Boaz.
Incline defeated North Tahoe on Friday, setting up the Incline/Truckee state championship for Saturday.
Incline scored early on when Amy Comstock kicked it past Truckee goalie Leilani Mullen, but Truckee soon answered when Lindsey Back passed to Becca Shook for the tying goal.
Truckee scored again before the half when Shook again found the far post, bringing her season goal total to 64, a Nevada record.
Truckee went into the half up 2-1.
In the 60th minute, Incline scored, creating a second-half tie at 2-2.
Two five-minute overtime halves were set up, with no score in the first half.
In the second OT half, an Incline defender ran over Cali Pratt from behind.
A penalty kick was called and Quincy Young was summoned to win the game.
“Quincy stayed calm,” Roberts said. “I was proud of her.”
Young took her shot, keeping it low and scoring.
Incline could not score again and when the whistle blew, Truckee players and coaches came off the bench to celebrate another championship.
All told, Truckee outshot Incline 29-10.
Returning for the finals was Megan Martin, sidelined for an earlier injury.
“She played a tough game and she’s an awesome player with great skill,” Roberts said. “I hope next year we have her all year. I can play her anywhere. She has great skill, great vision and she can crush the ball.”
Roberts said Incline was pumped about being in a final game with Truckee, while the TTHS girls were hanging their heads.
“We were thinking we should be ahead,” Roberts said. “We are used to being ahead. As a team, we had more talent than they did, but Incline deserved to be there. My girls just find a way to win.”
“We figured they would come out strong because it was the championship, but as we were playing, we realized we had to play tougher than we planned to,” said Back, a senior and starter.
“We we very nervous (in the overtime),” said Back. “I was relieved and happy when it ended.”
Though she graduates this year, Back’s career in high school sports is not quite over yet, with her leading on the basketball court and on the softball field.
“I’m looking forward to both seasons,” she said. “Hopefully we will make it to state and win it.”
Asked whether she ever got tired of winning the state championship in soccer, Back was confident with her answer.
“I love the great soccer tradition for us. To be on a team that wins every year is a great feeling. No, it never gets old.”
Truckee ended the season with 28 wins and no losses, outscoring opponents 200-16.
Truckee had 20 shutouts in 28 games, and the most anyone scored on TTHS was two goals in a single game, something a team only did three times all year.
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The Truckee boys’ soccer team shutout its third straight opponent on Saturday, taking a 5-0 win at home against Dayton.