Seniors contribute to shutout victory
“Senior Day” for the Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ varsity soccer team was aptly named this season, as seniors Johann Anderson, Erik Jitloff and Justing Long all contributed to Truckee’s 14-0 win over Lund High School Saturday afternoon.
Anderson scored three goals for the Wolverines while goaltenders Jitloff and Long combined to shut out the Mustangs.
“It was good to see the seniors play well in front of the fans during their final home game,” said Truckee coach Larry Leatherman. “They’ve each given up a lot of time to be on the team during their high school careers, especially Erik, whose been a four-year letterman.”
Leatherman said the Wolverines would have rather faced a tougher opponent than Lund to prepare for the upcoming state playoffs, but that Truckee took advantage of the situation to practice its shooting and set plays.
“It turned out to be an offensive day – we worked on our passing and spreading our shots around,” Leatherman said. “We got several of our goals off of set pieces and head shots.”
Lund, which is located near Wendover and has an enrollment of 53 students, quickly fell behind within 10 minutes as Jim Leatherman scored on a header and a left-footed shot.
“Lund is a first-year team – and it showed,” Leatherman said. “We didn’t want to embarrass them.”
While Lund proved to be no match for the Wolverines Saturday, Truckee had it best league performance of the season Tuesday (Oct. 28) against a solid Whittell team, winning 2-1.
The victory solidified Truckee’s third-place position in the 3A playoff race.
“That was the best we had played in a league match,” Leatherman said.
After a scoreless first half, Tom Hernandez opened the scoring for the Wolverines early in the second half. After Whittell equalized on a penalty kick, Kyle Barth scored the game winner with only 10 minutes left in the game after receiving a pass from Taylor Greene.
On Friday, Truckee easily defeated White Pine at home, 16-0. Jason Gifford led the Wolverines with a three-goal effort. Combined with their tallies from the Lund game, Jim Leatherman finished with seven goals for the weekend while Greene scored five times.
Truckee concludes the regular season Saturday with a game at North Tahoe set to begin at noon. Leatherman said that a win over the Lakers would propel the Wolverines into second place in the 3A league, but that wouldn’t change the playoff scenario. The playoffs are set to begin Friday, Nov. 14 at Douglas High School in Carson City at 2 p.m.
“Even if we beat North Tahoe Saturday, we will still meet the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs because both teams will still be in second and third place in the league,” Leatherman said.
TTHS Girls’ Soccer – The Tahoe-Truckee High School girls’ team unleashed a barrage of goals against an undermanned White Pine team Friday, downing White Pine 22-0.
“It was like shooting domestic turkeys in a pen,” said Wolverine coach Doug Roberts.
Scoring goals for Truckee were Charlotte Duroure, Sarah Jones, Britne Mahoney, Ange Solinsky, Becca Shook, Megan Martin, Quincy Young, Cali Pratt, Leilani Mickelson, Lindsey Back and Jackie Robinson.
The Wolverines conclude their regular season Saturday at North Tahoe in a game beginning at 10 a.m. Truckee is guareenteed the No. 1 seed at the 3A playoffs, set to begin next Thursday at Douglas High School at 11:30 a.m.
Truckee’s first-round opponent is likely to be Whittell. The Wolverines played Whittell Tuesday; Truckee led 4-0 at the halftime break.
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