Next stop: Round Two for Truckee, North Tahoe soccer
Winnemucca, Nev. ” Day one of the Northern Nevada 3A state soccer championship was gloomy, chilly and sprinkled with rain drops. But spirits of all four North Tahoe and Truckee teams could not be dampened, and after the first round, no one is going home.
North Tahoe’s girls lived closest to the edge, beating out second-seeded Dayton by only one goal.
For the rest of the three Wolverine and Laker teams, blowout was the name of the game.
The boys from North Tahoe took the golden boot award, blowing out host Lowry 8-1.
The Lakers came with a fire that didn’t go out for 80 minutes, despite the almost constant drizzle and waning afternoon light.
It was David Munoz who started things off nearly from the whistle, tapping a nice forward cross into the near post to put North Tahoe up 1-0 in the first minute.
Fifteen minutes later it was midfielder Eric Holman making good on a cross by side footing the ball back across the goal and into the back of the net, floating it just over the jumping heads of other players.
Gerry Bolanos unloaded a left-footed rocket from the left corner of the 18-yard box, which hammered off the crossbar in the 30th minute. Rogelio Rodriguez was the man on the spot at the six-yard box to head in the rebound and put the Lakers up 3-0.
Two minutes later it was Paco Delgado collecting a through ball and slipping it past Lowry’s goalkeeper to bulge the net for the fourth time.
The first half ended that way, with North Tahoe up by four and firmly in control of the game and the flow of play.
Two minutes into the second half Delgado streaked down the right flank, knocked in a perfect cross to Bolanos, who was on a perfect run for the one-touch finish to put the Lakers up 5-0.
One minute later, junior goalkeeper Michele Basile made a save that was called over the line by the linesman, resulting in Lowry’s only goal of the game.
With 25 minutes to play in the match, Bolanos ripped another left-footed rocket from the top of the 18-yard box that was too much for Lowry’s goalkeeper, making it through his hands and over the goal line for the Lakers’ sixth point.
In the closing minutes of the game, Holman collected a through ball at half field and won a foot race before slipping the ball into the back of Lowry’s net to make it 7-1.
With a minute left to play, Munoz threw a nice move just inside the box and dished the ball off to Delgado, who cleanly put it away and broke Lowry’s back with the eighth goal.
The win advanced North Tahoe to the 5 p.m., second-round game against Spring Creek, which defeated Incline 1-0 in the teams’ first-round match.
Heads of North Tahoe girls soccer fans fell when freshman goalkeeper Kea Jolicoeur came out to collect a ball that was miss-cleared by Hannah Ewing in the first 30 seconds of the first-round game against Dayton. Jolicoeur bobbled the save only to see the ball put in the back of the net, leaving North Tahoe down 1-0 in the opening minute.
The goal was not a good representation of the flow of play, however, as North Tahoe held possession through most of the first half, although things remained largely equal and back and forth until halftime.
Midway through the second half North Tahoe was awarded a free kick from about 30 yards. Ewing stepped to the ball and drove a well-placed ball that glanced off the underside of the crossbar to tie things up.
The goal seemed to give inspiration to the North Tahoe scoring machine, as five minutes later senior Cassidy Iverson fed a nice through ball to an on-running Michelle Zarick, who buried the ball in the far post side netting to take the lead.
Dayton continued to battle, but North Tahoe took a more defensive position, moving senior Joelle Lazzareschi from midfield to her normal position between the posts and weathering Dayton’s attacks with patience and control.
The win advanced North Tahoe into the second round, but that means the Lakers will face rival Truckee, which defeated Fernley.
With a loss meaning the end of the season for the Lakers or Wolverines, the 7 p.m., second-round game may be the match to watch.
The Truckee girls played simultaneously with North Tahoe, defeating fourth-seeded Fernley without much trouble.
The first goal came off a Sam Deen assist to Alexis Fallow.
It was Fallow again with the second goal 10 minutes later, this time off an assist from Emily Gannam.
Katie Dill tallied the third goal just before halftime from a Kaitlin Cocard feed.
The fourth goal came from Lauren O’Neil off a Sara Grossman assist.
Fernley scored off a free kick in the closing minutes of the game, and head Wolverine coach Amy Valdivia said she was frustrated at giving away the shutout in the closing minutes.
The boys from Truckee had little trouble with third-seeded Yerington during the early match on Thursday. Despite the 5 a.m. departure and three-hour road trip, the Wolverines shut out the Lions, 6-0.
Max Brixey started things off with a rocket off the crossbar 10 minutes into the game.
Two minutes later Austin Prouty flipped a nice header off a corner kick from the near corner of the six-yard box into the far post side netting to put Truckee up 1-0.
In the closing minutes of the first half, Matt Hardy cleanly finished a long cross back across the goal to the far post, putting the Wolverines up 2-0 at the half.
Five minutes into the second half, Truckee’s ability to move the ball paid off as Al Virrey took a through ball and neatly tucked it away to put Truckee up 3-0.
Ten minutes later Virrey schooled his defender and snuck the ball under the goalkeeper’s arm to put the Wolverines up by four.
One minute later Joey Eberhardt tapped in a ball played across low after a throw-in to put Truckee up by five.
The action slowed down until Virrey tallied the hat trick with an across-the-goal shot from inside the 18-yard box to seal the deal at 6-0.
Truckee’s victory sends them into the second round, where the Wolverines will play at 1 p.m. against the winner of the Battle Mountain-Sparks match, which ended after the Sun’s deadline.