Girls’ soccer wins regional playoffs
The Truckee High School girls’ varsity soccer team played three strong games to win the Regional Playoff tournament this weekend.
On Thursday night, the Wolverines defeated Battle Mountain 11-0.
Friday night, victory was not as easy to come by. The Wolverines faced Incline for the third time this season, and had their most intense battle of the season. For the third time, however, Truckee left the field as the victors, this time 2-1 in overtime.
In the first half, both teams played aggressively. Truckee stuck with its usual playbook and began pressuring the Incline goalie early on.
At Truckee’s goal, goalie Emily Griesmer came up with some good stops throughout the game.
The Wolverines dominated the first half of play and used great passing to work towards the goal, but lacked any solid shots on the net.
At the end of the first half, the score sat even, despite tough play on both ends of the field from Truckee’s Whitney Hardy, Caitlin Holman, Mimi Precit, Jessie Kautz, Breanne Wright and Camille Gannam.
Early in the second half, Rachel Theis sent a direct kick from the side-line to the back of the net for a goal, giving Truckee the lead.
Incline was quick to answer back with a goal off a rebound. The score sat tied until the end of regulation time.
In sudden death, both teams gave it everything they had in search of a victory.
Seven minutes into overtime, Maisha Goodpaster made a pass to Nicole Cardinali. Cardinali sent a header to Jenna Lowrance and caught her in perfect stride. Lowrance charged the goalie and made a great shot past her for the goal and the game.
The entire team played their toughest game of the year.
“I didn’t expect that hard of a push from them (Incline), but I think with the boys (Incline) winning before us, I think it fired them up even more,” said Truckee Head Coach Kyle Adams.
“We got the feel of what we’re up against,” he added. “They put a lot of pressure on us, they’re a quicker team than we are per player in most positions. In general, the pressure took us out of our game. We got it together in the second half, but we couldn’t punch anything through,” Adams said.
“A lot of the girls played 87 minutes of soccer,” Adams added. This was a concern for Adams going into Saturday’s game against North Tahoe.
But on Saturday, the Lady Wolverines did what they do best, win. The Wolverines beat North Tahoe 2-0 for the third time this season to win the Regional Playoffs.
Truckee will face Incline again this Friday at North Valleys High School in Reno at 4 p.m. in the first round of the NIAA 3A State Championship.
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