Plagued by sickness, girls’ soccer loses
The Truckee High School girls’ varsity soccer team came up with a victory over Incline High School on Friday night at North Valleys High School in Reno, despite the team being plagued by the flu.
Key defenders for the Wolverines, Breanne Wright and Mimi Precit, sat out of Friday’s game due to severe illness; while Jenna Lowrance and Melissa Kleffman played even though they were sick.
In the first five minutes of play, Kleffman scored the first goal for the Wolverines to give them the early lead. But Incline was quick to answer back and tie the game at 1-1.
Emily Griesmer came up with huge saves in the first half, including one where she faked out a charging Incline player and stole the ball.
The teams went into half time tied.
In the second half the Wolverine defense made it tough for Incline’s offense to get into scoring position.
After the first ten minutes of play, Truckee started to settle into their game and move the ball.
Camille Gannam sent a nice pass to Maisha Goodpaster who charged the right-side of the goal and sent a shot over the goalies head for the lead.
Jenna Lowrance and the rest of the Wolverines put solid pressure on Incline’s goalie for the rest of the second half.
With under two minutes left to play in the game, Incline made a drive to the net and sent a shot toward the goal. Griesmer made a stretch and sent the ball out of bounds to save the game from going into sudden death for the second straight week.
The Wolverines won the game and advanced to the State Championships against North Tahoe.
This was the fourth time these two teams faced each other. The Wolverines beat the Lakers in the beginning of the season and then again for the league championship in the last game of league play. In their third encounter, the Wolverines beat North Tahoe to win the regional playoffs.
But in Saturdays game for the State Championship, the Lakers found their first win of the year against the Wolverines, 6-5, in a shot-out which followed double-overtime.
“After realizing how sick they (Truckee) were, I think that was one of the most couragious efforts put forth by any team I’ve ever been apart of,” said Head Coach Kyle Adams.
“I wished we could have kept on playing until one team scored a goal. I almost would have reather seen the game ended in a coin toss. To have all of the effort, in not only one game, but the whole season, desided by one kick is unfortunate.”
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