Sierra Soccer Club on track
Two weekends ago, several of Sierra Soccer Club’s teams participated in the year’s first tournament.
The Micro-Six featured a different brand of soccer, fielding five players on a smaller field with no goalie, a 30-foot no-shot zone and a 3-foot by 3-foot goal.
Each team played five to seven games and had to be coached by players only; with no input by coaches.
After a frustrating beginning, the players realized it was a game of angles, accuracy and persistence, and developed strategies and game plans which paid off.
The Rumble earned third place in Tier I, U-14 boys division, while the Blast went undefeated to take first in the Tier 2, U-14 boys’ division.
After losing its first game in the U-12 boys’ division, the Eruption went on to take first place.
In the girls’ U-12 division, two first-year teams – the U-11 Nitros and the U-12 Avalanche took fourth- and sixth-place, respectively, out of a field of eight.
The final U-12 game pitted the Nitros against the Avalanche for a spirited game which ended in favor of the Avalanche.
In other soccer action, the Truckee Eagles, under 12 boys, won their opening soccer game against the Carson Valley Fire, 1-0, with Austin Lynch scoring the winning goal.
Sean Collin, Corey Dorsey, Joey Lipnosky and Austin Lynch of the Eagles kept the pressure on, with relentless attacks on the Fire’s goal.
Truckee’s Sage Coulter, Erik Newland and Eli Osburn blocked the Carson Valley Fire attacks with strong challenges, while goalie Andre Travis made many key saves.
Strong challenges by mid-fielders Marty Fielding, Tucker Heintz and Evan Thomas kept the ball on the Fire’s end of the field most of the game.
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The Truckee boys’ soccer team shutout its third straight opponent on Saturday, taking a 5-0 win at home against Dayton.