Kristine Bena was Saturday’s hero in Tahoe-Truckee’s 1-0 homecoming victory over the North Tahoe Lakers.
Bena, subbing at the forward position, scored on an assist by Natalie Pratt. But as the game of soccer is complex, so are its strategies.
The open pass from Pratt to Bena was the direct result of a calculated play.
Recognizing that there was not an opportunity for a through ball, Becca Shook, the Wolverines’ main scoring threat this season, made a move to the outside, intentionally pulling defenders away from the lane. Pratt, spotting the lane, passed to Bena, who kissed the ball into the left side of the net.
Bena had been a substantial spark in the Truckee offense all day, getting four other shots on goal, contributing to about 20 for the Wolverines. The Lakers were held to 11 shots on goal, equaling Truckee’s shot total in the first half.
“The first half, we had control of the game,” Truckee Head Coach Larry Young said. “We had 11 shots on goal but we were just unable to get it in. At halftime I told the girls to not get frustrated.”
Leilani Mullen, playing at the goalkeeper position, made a couple of key saves that accounted for defensive breakdowns by the Wolverines, according to Young.
Sophomore Kirsten Seitz and senior Jill Marchi maintained the threat of Tracie and Michelle Prado, two stars of the Tahoe squad.
Lindsay Manetta, playing sweeper, also made a number of contributions, according to Young.
“It was a well played game by both teams,” Young said. “Both teams focussed on playing good soccer and the game was clean. We’re looking forward to playing them again.”
Truckee’s next game is Friday when it hosts Spring Creek, starting at 2 p.m.
The Wolverines host Battle Mountain on Saturday then prepare for Incline, whom they will host on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Surprise Stadium, starting at 4 p.m.
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