Playoff soccer: Truckee boys win Northern Region championship |

Playoff soccer: Truckee boys win Northern Region championship

Photo by Court Leve/Sun News ServiceManuel Raab (fourth from left) scored the first goal of the game versus North Tahoe.

Truckee coach Rob Curtis experimental approach in the 3A Northern Regional Boys Soccer Championship went beyond his orange hair a Halloween costume remnant. He actually let one of his players help determine the teams lineup and, based on the Wolverines’ 2-0 win over archrivals North Tahoe, the move worked.I just wanted to try something different, Curtis said. At kickoff, defenders were playing forward, midfielders were playing defense and the team had changed from a 4-4-2 formation to a 3-5-2.When it comes down to it, if you have 11 good athletes, any formation can work, Curtis said. I thought from an intensity and organizational standpoint, it was one of our best efforts of the year.The Wolverines (14-3 overall) jumped on the Lakers early when sweeper Marnix Ramirez whiffed a clearance. Chris Pearson took off with the ball on a breakaway only to have his shot blocked by goalkeeper Michele Basile and cleared off the line by the North Tahoe defense.Ramirez was slow to get up after the missed kick. The play seemed to shake both him and his teammates up. He needed assistance to leave the field. When someone like Marnix goes down, its a big blow, captain Sam Farhner said. Hes a sweeper and captain and you wonder about his well being.Though Ramirez would return, the Lakers would struggle to establish their possession-based style of play most of the match. Outside of a Jordan Basile shot that skipped off the post, the Lakers did not threaten the Wolverine goal. They were outshot 10-to-four in the first half.Our passing game wasnt there, Lakers coach Bert Alcaraz said. We struggled and lacked intensity.It wasnt until the second half that Truckee found the net, though. German exchange student Manuel Raab scored in the 55th minute of the match when he picked up a loose ball just outside the 18-yard box and ripped it into the goals upper corner. The shot was so powerful that it froze goalkeeper Basile.The Wolverines added another goal five minutes later when Jeremy Adams found Kyle Adams alone on the far post on a corner kick. Adams knocked it into the net, giving Truckee a 2-0 lead.We had some better quality opportunities in the second half, Curtis said, and we capitalized.Truckees victory, however, had few implications in the overall state title race. Both Truckee and North Tahoe secured a spot in the state semifinals reaching the Northern regional championship.Still, Alcaraz expressed some disappointment with his teams performance.Our boys need to understand its going to take a lot to win states, the Lakers coach said. I need hard workers at midfield, and today the center of the midfield didnt put any pressure on them.Along with Southern Region representatives Pahrump Valley and White Pine, North Tahoe and Truckee will play in the four-team, single-elimination 3A state championship tournament. The state tournament is set for November 12-13 at Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas. The Lakers and Wolverines can meet again the state finals if Truckee beats White Pine and North Tahoe tops Pahrump Valley Friday in Las Vegas. After Saturdays win, Truckee holds a 2-1 advantage in their meetings this season.This is a short-lived celebration for us, Curtis said. Next weeks game is the one everyone will remember.This game was simply for regional supremacy.”The game doesn’t carry a lot of significance, other than the rivalry,” Curtis said. “But you always want to win.”See complete 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 SemifinalsTruckee (#2 Tahoe) def. Incline (#4 Tahoe), 5-1North Tahoe (#1 Tahoe) def. Sparks (#3 Tahoe), 6-1*Saturday, November 6, 2004@ North Valleys High School, RenoBOYS ChampionshipTruckee def. North Tahoe, 2-0GIRLS ChampionshipNorth Tahoe def. Incline, 2-0

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