Girls soccer shows who’s boss
It was their biggest test of the year thus far and they passed. Passed. Scored. Passed. Scored again. Passed. Then scored again.
The girls soccer team pulled ahead of the North Tahoe Lakers, handing them their first defeat of the year, 3-1, Oct 3. The win extends the Wolverines record to 9-0.
“It was so much fun to actually watch a real soccer game and get plays by both sides for once,” coach Kyle Adams said. “None of the girls on either side were used to playing this hard this long.
“Most of them were tanked by halftime.”
The Lakers challenged the Wolverines and maintained ball control more but could never get through the Truckee back line. Senior Kelsey Fisher and junior goalie Emily Griesmer kept the Tahoe City rivalry in check.
The first score came almost 20 minutes into the match up, with the Lakers getting past Griesmer to make it 1-0 North Tahoe.
“Everyone was just all amped up,” Adams said. “We were trying too hard instead of settling down and playing their game.”
On a fast break, Griesmer and Fisher – possibly their only mistake of the game – collided, leaving North Tahoe an open net.
“I think the girls were real nervous in the beginning,” assistant coach Linda Adams said. “They were freaked out because they thought North Tahoe was going to be the better team and once they realized they were the better team, that’s when they came on strong.”
The first half of play was a little more sluggish than Adams would have liked.
“We could have picked it up a little in the first half,” junior Nicole Cardinali said.
North Tahoe enjoyed the goal- only the second on Griesmer in eight games- for 10 minutes then senior captain Kristine Trudeau got a breakaway of her own and dribbled the ball around the goalie for an easy goal, tying the game.
But Truckee enjoyed the goal for only a minute. Trudeau hurt herself on the play and came off the field a minute later. She strained a tendon in a leg but she’ll be “80 percent” by tomorrow’s Incline Village game.
Without their starting captain, Adams looked to other players to step up. Senior Jaimee Froelich answered with a second goal two minutes later, giving Truckee the lead.
Truckee came out of the half with a thin-one goal lead and was looking to add another one. But, other than a failed penalty kick by North Tahoe, the game was a battle in the midfield until five minutes left in the game, when junior Nicole Cardinali took a shot that was just too far out of the goalie’s reach to put Truckee up 3-1.
“Overall we were able to breakdown their attack,” Fisher said. “(But) we had a lot less time to break it out. I had to kick the ball out more than any other game.”
Griesmer saw more action against North Tahoe than she has in all her other games combined. She is used to standing around the net, touching the ball maybe once a half and watch her teammates run up the score.
“It was probably my best game,” she said. “I actually got to play a little bit.”
Despite allowing only the second goal of the season, TTHS girls soccer has outscored their opponents 75-2 in their eight games this year, leading the more competitive Lake Division.
Things aren’t going to get any easier. Friday, the Wolverines head to Incline Village to play against the other dominant Lake Tahoe high school. IVHS is currently undefeated at 3-0-1.
“We’ve got to work on just settling down a little bit,” Adams said. “We had just one defensive breakdown that led to that first goal for North Tahoe, otherwise I felt we were possessing the ball pretty well.”
And possessing the ball is just about all they do.
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