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Silverwings take Dana Cup

BAY KELLEY

For the Silverwings, 9-1-1 is no call for help.

The Reno/Truckee Silver Wings traveled 18 days – June 30 through July 17 – between two European countries and played 11 games of soccer.

Participating in two tournaments, the first in Spain and the second in Denmark, the Silverwings finished with an International Dana Cup Number 1 tournament victory and an impressive 9-1-1 record.

Nearly perfect, the Reno/Truckee girls’ only loss came five games into the first tournament against the host team from San Sebastian, Spain. The Spanish team, a semi-professional squad comprising women in their 20s and 30s, defeated the Silverwings 2-0 in the semifinals.

Spain, for the second consecutive year, won the tournament. The Silverwings finished third out of a pool of 28.

The Reno/Truckee team then traveled to Frederikshavn, Denmark, where it played teams from Norway, Sweden and the United States. The Wings won four straight before they defeated the Chicago (IL) Stars and Stripes, 2-1, and claimed the International Dana Cup Number 1 championship.

Tahoe-Truckee High School senior and team captain, Becca Shook, scored in the 67th minute, breaking a 1-1 tie against the Chicago team.

“One of our defenders [Nisha Scrottish] kicked a long ball,” Shook explained. “[Chicago’s] two defenders misjudged it and it went over their heads. I saw that it was going to go over their heads and I was there. I one-touched it, looked at the keeper and struck it right by her.”

One of the five other Truckee players, Cali Pratt, scored Reno/Truckee’s other goal 17 minutes into the game, assisted by Amy Merrill and Kathy Struble.

The tournament victory was the last game of the Silverwings’ season.


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