Playoff soccer: Truckee teams advance |

Playoff soccer: Truckee teams advance

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra SunTruckee's Melissa Kleffman (right) attempts a shot-on-goal in Thursday's 9-1 playoff win over Battle Mountain. Kleffman had two assists.

RENO (Nov. 4) – In two Northern 3A playoff games that were supposed to be played at North Valleys High School, the Truckee Wolverines boys’ and girls’ soccer teams won first-round games over Battle Mountain at Wooster High School in Reno on Thursday.The Truckee boys (No. 2 Tahoe) shut out Battle Mountain (No. 3 Humboldt) 7-0 behind goals by seven different players and will play Incline tomorrow (Nov. 5) at noon at North Valleys in Reno. Eric Dita, Ramiro Aguilar, Austin Lynch, Manuel Raab, Scott Eberhardt, Chris Pearson and Jeremy Adams all found the net on Thursday.Despite the lopsided victory, Truckee head coach Rob Curtis felt his team got something out of the game.”Oftentimes in blowouts, the other team kind of stops playing, but they played all the way trough,” he said. “They have some good athletes. I think there’s a lot to be gathered from this game.”The most compelling output for Truckee might have been their ability to stay focused and sharp during an unusual fall season that has brought three major snowstorms to Lake Tahoe in the last three weeks. As a result, it hasn’t been easy to get outside and prep for the playoffs.”It’s a pain in the neck, and we’re not quite as prepared as we could be,” Curtis said. “But I think a lot of preparation that you have is a matter of, individually, are you ready to go? That’s something weather conditions shouldn’t affect.”The Wolverines will face an Incline squad they have beaten handily on two occasions this season, outscoring the Highlanders 11-1 (but Truckee had to forfeit the first win because they used an ineligible player). Curtis is confident Truckee will win if his players remain motivated.”As long as we can keep our wits about us and play a consistent game – hopefully the weather cooperates,” he said.Nearly six inches of snow fell in Reno’s higher elevations on Wednesday night, leaving the fields at North Valleys unplayable this morning. Sunny weather is supposed to remain in the area throughout the weekend for the duration of the tournament with highs in the low 60s.The Truckee girls (No. 1 Tahoe) also played Battle Mountain (No. 4 Humboldt) and won 9-1, as Sara Grossman, Whitney Hardy and Samantha Deen all had hat tricks. Deen, Grossman, Melissa Kleffman and Alex O’Neil all had two assists.The scoreboard showed Wolverine domination, but Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia was not entirely pleased with a 3-0 halftime lead. The pace of both teams was very slow in the first half.”Our first half was sloppy,” she said. “We needed to pick up our intensity. We’re a good team, but to be a great team, we have to know how to prove our point.”Truckee proved its point and transformed a moderate 3-0 halftime lead into a blowout win with six second-half goals. “In the second half, we passed the ball well and had quick touches,” Valdivia said. “We got the ball outside and crossed the ball. We didn’t try to force the ball up the middle like we did in the first half.”The Lady Wolverines will also play Incline at North Valleys at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 5). Truckee played a scoreless tie versus Incline on Sept. 24, but rebounded to blank the Highlanders 2-0 on Oct. 22. To Valdivia, it’s a matter of bringing the intensity against Incline.”I don’t want them to say, ‘We beat them’ and come out and have another first half like this because Incline will take advantage of that,” she said.See complete results from today’s playoff action 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 (B-winner) vs. Incline (A-winner), 12:00 p.m. at North ValleysNorth Tahoe (D-winner) vs. Sparks (C-winner), 6:00 p.m. at North Valleys

*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), 9-1*Friday, November 5, 2004@ North Valleys High School, RenoGIRLS SemifinalsSpring Creek (A-winner) vs. North Tahoe (B-winner), 2:00 p.m. at North ValleysTruckee (D-winner) vs. Incline (C-winner), 4:00 p.m. at North Valleys

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