Playoff soccer: Truckee boys earn trip to 3A state championship
RENO (Nov. 5) On a sunny, yet brisk, day at North Valleys High School, the Truckee boys’ soccer team defeated Incline handily, 5-1, to advance to the 2004 NIAA 3A Northern Region Boys Soccer Championship game tomorrow at the same site.Truckee (13-3 overall) will play North Tahoe at 1 p.m at North Valleys on Saturday. With the win over Incline, Truckee automatically advances to the 3A state championship tournament because the top two teams out of the 3A Northern Region tournament and the top two teams out of the 3A Southern League tournament advance to the four-team, single-elimination 3A state championship tournament. The state tournament is set for Nov. 12-13 at Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas. Truckee has split the head-to-head matchup against North Tahoe, but head coach Rob Curtis is most concerned with getting out of that game healthy.”I would like to get through that game with no injuries,” he said. “Of course you always like to win, but I just want the boys to leave with some sense that we’re at the top of our game. We’re already going to Vegas, so we’re in good shape.”Against Incline, Luis Maldonado scored two goals in each half, and Eric Dita scored at 12:55 in the first half to give Truckee a 3-0 halftime advantage.Incline pulled to within two with a goal by Cesar Bernal at 35:50 left in the second half, but less than a minute later, Truckee squashed the Highlanders’ momentum when Maldonado banged in his third goal of the day. The goal was a tough one for Incline to accept, as Maldonado was able to put in a ball that bounced off the cross bar off a long ball from Truckee’s Kyle Adams.”We were feeling pretty good about things when we came out and scored,” said Incline head coach Tom Canino. “But that odd hop and that bounce it really took the wind out of our sails.”Maldonado got his fourth and final goal of the game at 26:50 left when teammate Scott Eberhardt’s shot-on-goal went straight off Incline goalie David Hunt’s hands, setting up an easy, short shot for Maldonado. Maldonado, No. 10, was the thorn in Incline’s side the entire game. “That guy, No. 10, scored most of their goals,” Canino said. “We knew we had to mark up on him. He really hurt us.”Incline, the No. 4 seed in the Tahoe League, was coming off a huge win: A 4-1 upset over Spring Creek, the No. 1 seed out of the Humboldt League, yesterday.”We had a full game yesterday,” Canino said. “We don’t have the depth, and we faded late.”About Truckee, Canino said, “They know how to move the ball up and down the field and find the lanes; things that good soccer teams do.”The Wolverines outscored Incline 16-2 in three games this season, but Curtis said he saw a stronger Incline effort this time around.”They played a good offside trap,” he said. “They have some strong individual players. The only weakness they have is they have a lot of young players. Physically, they have a hard time matching up with guys that are 6-feet tall. But they’ve got a lot of young talent, and they will be good in the years to come.”Pahrump valley and White Pine 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)BOYS First RoundA Incline (#4 Tahoe) def. Spring Creek (#1 Humboldt), 4-1B Truckee (#2 Tahoe) def. Battle Mountain (#3 Humboldt), 7-0C Sparks (#3 Tahoe) def. Lowry (#2 Humboldt), 4-2D North Tahoe (#1 Tahoe) def. Dayton (#4 Humboldt), 2-1*Friday, November 5, 2004@ North Valleys High School, RenoBOYS Semifinals– Truckee (#2 Tahoe) def. Incline (#4 Tahoe), 5-1– North Tahoe (#1 Tahoe) def. Sparks (#3 Tahoe), 6-1*Saturday, November 6, 2004@ North Valleys High School, RenoGIRLS ChampionshipNorth Tahoe vs. Incline (11 a.m.)BOYS ChampionshipTruckee vs. North Tahoe (1 p.m.)
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