Ladies await rematch with Lakers Friday
After battling to a 1-1 tie with North Tahoe two weeks ago, the Wolverine varsity girls’ soccer team has been using practice time to sharpen their offense and focus on “how to get more goals in the net,” according to Head Coach Mike Holman.
Their labor bore fruit over the weekend, with two crushing wins over undefeated Incline High School and Whittell.
On Friday, Oct. 5, the Wolverines showed no mercy against the Highlanders, netting five goals and rendering their rival scoreless after 80 minutes of play.
Sophomore wing Rachel Theis opened the scoring for Truckee in the first half off a pass from Kristine Bena. One minute later, Bena again loomed in the sight of Incline goalie Julie Elias, scoring the Wolverines’ second goal with an assist by Kirsten Seitz.
A breakaway goal by Jaimee Froelich closed out the first half scoring for the Wolverines, breaking with a solid 3-0 lead. Second half rally efforts by the Highlanders were thwarted by an unassisted goal by Natalie Pratt early in the half, upping the Wolverines’ lead to 4-0.
Despite several goal attempts, the Highlanders failed to present a defensive challenge for Truckee and left the Wolverine midfield and forwards open to bring the ball down the field.
With 17 minutes left to play, Natalie Milligan dribbled down the line, cut inside and collected Truckee’s fifth and final goal just inside the post.
“We are really starting to see how to work with each other and that showed in this game. Last year we probably would have only scored two or three points against this team, but now we are turning plays into goals,” said Holman.
Truckee carried this momentum into their game against Whittell on Saturday, coming away with an 8-0 victory over the Warriors.
“We played the ball well, we were patient and just kept moving the ball,” said Holman of his team’s textbook play. Caitlin Holman initiated the Wolverines’ scoring in a slow first half with a long shot into the far post of the Warriors’ goal. Heading into the second half with a 1-0 lead, the Wolverines came alive with seven goals in less than 20 minutes to seal their win over Whittell.
Caitlin Holman delivered a hat trick on the day and Kristine Bena and Kristine Trudeau each netted two goals for the Wolverines. Stacy Cook rounded out the scoring with one goal in the 14th minute of the second half off a short pass from Natalie Pratt.
Truckee’s next game is at home tomorrow at 3 p.m. against the Lakers.
“The nerves are over, we have seen them and we know what they’ve got. I think we are ready,” said Holman about the much-anticipated rematch between Truckee and North Tahoe.
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