Playoff Sh-occer: Incline ends Truckee girls’ season
RENO (Nov. 5) After more than 200 minutes of scoreless soccer against their North Lake Tahoe rivals, the Incline Highlanders finally broke through in the 63rd minute and won 1-0 at North Valleys High School in Reno to claim a spot in the 3A state championship bracket.Truckee, which had won five 3A state titles in the last eight years, will not get a chance to add to that impressive run of dominance. The two teams came in with a history of low-scoring affairs in the regular season, so it was no surprise to see the teams locked up in a hard-fought, intense, physical battle on a chilly night in Reno. On Sept. 24, the teams played to a scoreless tie at Truckee, and on Oct. 22 the Wolverines won 2-0 in a game played at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno.But the Highlanders finally scored when it mattered most and ended the Wolverines (10-2-1 overall) season prematurely on Friday night.Our game plan was just to come out and play hard, said first-year Incline head coach Jessica Catt. Truckees game is to play quick, one-touch soccer, and we just tried to counteract that as much as we could. We tried to play real tight defense, and once we got up by one we really concentrated on defense.The goal that buried Truckee was satisfying for Incline junior Mia Perhacs, who had never beaten a Truckee team in her high school career. Off a corner-kick cross, Perhacs found the loose ball, got a wide open look at the goal, and pushed it by Truckee goalie Mallory Sharp to give Incline the lead with 17 minutes remaining.After we scored, I just wanted to stay back on defense, not let them by us and keep on our marks, Perhacs said. They came out thinking theyd beat us because they (had not lost against us this season).It was one of those games where strategy didnt dictate the game as much as desire did. In contrast to the game played two weeks ago, Incline was the more passionate team on Friday night. They played with a lot of intensity, said Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia. Ive got to give them credit for that. They did step up their game. We didnt match their intensity until that first goal was scored. We didnt get into our flow ever.Especially on offense, Truckee could not find a rhythm the whole night.It seemed like every time we attacked, theyd kick the ball out and wed start all over, Valdivia said. We just had a really hard time getting into our attack. We didnt have a ton of good looks (at the goal). Its the old clich: It was not our day.Although the Wolverines did not challenge them much, two Incline goalies combined on the biggest shutout of the Highlanders season: Annamarie Jones in the first half, and Julia Gregory in the second half.I just decided to make a change, Catt said. I knew that Truckee would go to the air a lot in the second half, and Julia is a little bit taller. I felt like if Julia could hang on in the air, wed be in good shape.Incline will play North Tahoe, which beat Spring Creek earlier today, in the 2004 NIAA 3A Northern Region Girls Soccer Championship tomorrow at North Valleys. The game will determine seeding at the state championship Nov. 12-13 at Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas, but both teams have already earned a trip to Sin City.Catt spoke about the healthy, intense soccer rivalry between the three Tahoe schools North Tahoe, Incline and Truckee.Its always a battle between our three programs, and the differences between each team are very small, she said. It usually just comes down to heart and desire and who really wants to lay it all out there and win the game. Truckee had gotten the best of us this year, and it was good revenge for us.It may be a good regular season battle, but Incline had not previously been in the same class when it came to postseason success. Either Truckee or North Tahoe has claimed the 3A state title every year since 1996. Incline now has a chance to alter that streak in 2004.Boulder City and Faith Lutheran will be the two teams representing the Southern Region in the 3A state championship.See complete Northern 3A playoff results below.
Thursday, November 4, 2004@ Wooster H.S. & Wolf Pack Park, UNR (Reno) and Churchill County H.S. (Fallon)GIRLS First RoundA Spring Creek (#1 Humboldt) def. Sparks (#4 Tahoe), 8-1B North Tahoe (#2 Tahoe) def. Dayton (#3 Humboldt), 5-0C Incline (#3 Tahoe) def. Lowry (#2 Humboldt), 5-0D Truckee (#1 Tahoe) def. Battle Mountain (#4 Humboldt), 9-1Friday, November 5, 2004@ North Valleys High School, RenoGIRLS SemifinalsNorth Tahoe (#2 Tahoe) def. Spring Creek (#1 Humboldt), 5-0Incline (#3 Tahoe) def. Truckee (#1 Tahoe), 1-0Saturday, November 6, 2004@ North Valleys High School, Reno GIRLS ChampionshipNorth Tahoe def. Incline, 2-0BOYS ChampionshipTruckee def. North Tahoe, 2-0
DateDayOpponentSiteResultAllLeagueSept. 4Sat.vs. Spring CreekW, 6-01-00-0Sept. 16Thurs.@ North TahoeL, 1-01-10-1Sept. 21Tues.vs. WhittellW, 8-02-11-1Sept. 24Fri.vs. InclineTie, 0-02-1-11-1-1Sept. 25Sat.@ LowryW, 3-13-1-11-1-1Sept. 28Tues.@ SparksW, 8-04-1-12-1-1Oct. 7Thurs.@ WhittellW, 7-05-1-13-1-1Oct. 15Fri.vs. LowryW, 8-06-1-13-1-1Oct. 22Fri.@ InclineW, 2-07-1-14-1-1Oct. 28Thurs.@ SparksW, 10-08-1-15-1-1Oct. 29Fri.vs. North TahoeW, 3-09-1-16-1-1*Nov. 4Thurs.vs. Battle MountainW, 9-110-1-1*Nov. 5Fri.vs. InclineL, 1-010-2-1*Northern 3A playoff game
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