Incline Village and Truckee clash in vital soccer matches
In the first of two meetings for Truckee and Incline Village, Truckee walked away with 3-2 victory.
Incline got on the board first, when Carly Wood passed the ball off to captain Courtney Pennachio and she hit the top left corner of the goal at 24:50 to put Incline on the board first, 1-0. But Truckee got a little scared and banged their first goal in at 19:40 via junior Lissa Dodds.
The ball stayed in the middle of the field for a good nine minutes before Truckee’s junior Caitlin Holman found the net, hitting a ball that the goalie’s fingertips only grazed. That put Truckee up 2-1.
With seven minutes left in the game, junior Rachel Theis banged Truckee’s last goal in, giving the Wolverines two goals worth of breathing room.
Maybe a little too much breathing room, because not even a minute later, Incline was given a free kick that Kendra Cromwell nailed to put Incline back within one goal. But That was all the Highlanders could muster as time expired and Truckee extended their record to 9-0.
“We played well, we played up against them,” Incline coach Tracy Mellison said. “We scored first and that was a lot of momentum.”
This won’t be the only match-up between the two. They play again Oct. 26 in Truckee.
“We’ll beat them next time,” Cromwell said. “We kept a lot of pressure on them.”
Pennachio put the first score up for the game.
“We held up pretty good against them,” Pennachio said. “We did a lot better, (but) we really weren’t ready.”
Senior Jamie Froelich kept the ball in Truckee’s territory for the majority of the game, but during the first half, the ball was banged back and forth.
“We were a little out of control,” Froelich said. “Incline Village has always been good.”
Junior goalie Emily Griesmer had an active game with repeated saves and defensive plays.
“I haven’t had two scores on me in years,” Griesmer said. “They were good.”
Senior captain Kristine Trudeau didn’t care for the field.
“There’s a fat beach in the middle of the field,” Trudeau said.
Sand had been brought in to cover up holes in the playing field. It became a factor when players were forced to dribble the ball instead of shooting or passing it. That, combined with the fact that defenders senior Michelle Austin and junior Chelsey Tollison both missed the game due to illness.
“We had a lot of opportunities get away,” Trudeau said. “It’s real hard to win a game like this.”
Now that the defending Nevada 3A champs are in champion form and they’re in the meat of their schedule, they have a big target on their backs.
“Everybody’s gunning for us,” Trudeau said. “We won’t get any breaks.”