Soccer: Boys soccer finish season undefeated
Dominating the first half of play and scoring three unanswered goals, the Wolverine boys soccer team appeared posed and ready to defeat its deep rival North Tahoe and defend its state championship with a 3-1 win over the Lakers Monday. Due to weather conflicts, the match was pushed back to Monday from Friday and then moved to Reno at Bishop Manogue.
Truckee’s Elias Silver opened the game with a left-footed shot in the third minute of play, which spurred a quick surge of momentum on the Wolverine bench. Rallying with another quick goal, Silver almost magically dribbled the ball through multiple Laker defenders and heeled it into the net to bring the score to 2-0.
The 15th minute of play brought about another skillful goal for the Truckee team, as Jason Waters took a cross from Brian Lowrence to put the Wolverines up 3-0 at the half. Plagued by the loss of several players due to injury, the Laker team stood its ground and came back in the second half ready to play.
Coach Rob Curtis was “very impressed” with the strong play of the North Tahoe team throughout the game and admits that the Lakers “outplayed Truckee in the second half.” A young Laker squad held the Wolverines scoreless throughout the second 45 minutes of play, and North Tahoe senior Brent Kegebein was able to put the ball past the Wolverine defense to put the Lakers back into the game.
Despite North Tahoe’s efforts, the strength and depth of the Wolverine team prevailed, as the undefeated team emerged victorious for the second time against its neighboring rivals.
Curtis’ Wolverines remained charged on Tuesday in the first round of post-season play, as Truckee defeated ROP 11-0. Elias Silver scored five goals for Truckee in the first 25 minutes of play, and Curtis noted “at that point we pretty much stopped keeping score.”
The winner of the fourth and fifth place game will be the next unlucky opponent for the indomitable Wolverine team, as the semifinals commence tomorrow at ROP. Undefeated and playing exceptionally strong, Curtis explained that “the Wolverines’ biggest challenge will be having to play and beat North Tahoe a possible four times before all is said and done.”
If Monday’s game was any indication of what is yet to come in this rivalry, the weekend promises to be an interesting one for Lakers and Wolverines fans alike.
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