JV players aid varsity
Two opponents, two easy wins.
The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines’ boys’ soccer team (9-1, 4-0) blanketed Fernley on Friday, 16-0. On Saturday, the team, slightly handicapped by injuries and standardized testing commitments, maintained its undefeated status in league by defeating Rite of Passage 6-0.
The Wolverines started scoring against Fernley at the three-minute mark and scored at will throughout until the 77th minute.
Elias Silver, assisted by Cannon, scored the team’s first two goals at 3:00 and 4:20.
Despite clearing the bench 10 minutes into the game, the Wolverines simply could not be stopped.
Ten different players scored for Truckee. Antuan Cannon finished the game with a hat trick, kicking through an unassisted goal before scoring on assists from Silver and Jarrett Bower. All Cannon’s goals occurred within the first eight minutes of the second half.
Chris Waller, Jason Waters and Tommy Linnett, usually not starters, each had a pair of goals apiece. Brian Lowrence, Bower, Fernando Gonzales, Travis Spencer and Juan Aguillar also had scores in the game.
Waller led the Wolverines with three assists in the game.
Illustrating the dominance, Truckee out shot the young Fernley team 52-4.
Regarding the game against Fernley, both of Truckee’s coaches marveled at the level of sportsmanship displayed by the opposition.
“They smiled during the whole game,” said Truckee assistant coach Peter Werbel. “It was true sportsmanship in an incredibly difficult situation. I don’t think that I could keep my composure nearly as well as they did.”
Rite of Passage
The Wolverines traveled to compete against the ROP Rams on the Saturday following the Fernley blowout.
The Wolverines were missing six starters due to SAT testing and a couple of injuries and were forced to recruit four players from the Junior Varsity soccer team. Truckee, though having trouble adapting to the “bouncy field,” as described by Werbel, completely dominated the first half, outshooting the Rams 24-0. Despite the mismatch, the Wolverines finished the half leading only 1-0.
The half’s point was scored by Cannon, who was assisted by J.V. player Jeff Ebner, 15:00 into the game.
By the beginning of the second half, the J.V. players had settled down and the field was manageable.
The Wolverines scored five second half goals. Lowrence, a little over a minute into the half into the half, received a pass from Jarrad Gifford – another J.V. player – and scored the game’s second goal.
Silver had an unassisted goal about three minutes later. Bower scored an unassisted goal 10 minutes into the half.
Silver completed the scoring by raking in his second hat trick of the season, scoring during the 21st and 23rd minutes. Waters assisted the first goal with Linnett passing for the second.
Again, the coaches acknowledged the opposing teams’ demeanor.
“They knew they were outmatched,” Werbel said, “but they didn’t let the score diminish their enthusiasm. They continued to play hard.”
The boys are revved up for this weekend’s game against North Tahoe, unanimously considered by the players and coaches to be the biggest game of the season.
“The road to the state championship is through North Tahoe,” said Werbel, “and that game’s this weekend. We’re definitely looking forward to it.”
The game will be hosted by Truckee on Saturday, beginning at noon.
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