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Soccer hands Dayton 8-0 loss

Matt Riddle
Photo by Colin FisherMiguel Tafolla gets ready to rebound the Dayton goalie's deflection for Truckee's sixth goal of the game. Tafolla finished the game with two goals and two assists in Truckee's 8-0 shutout of Dayton on Saturday.
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The TTHS boys soccer team didn’t have any trouble handling Dayton Friday evening. They walked away with an 8-0 victory, basking in the rewards of a 6-0 first-half lead.

“The key things we focused on was not being scored upon,” Curtis said. “So we kept that up and tried to work on some things we hope to use next week verses North Tahoe.”

The first goal didn’t come until 15 minutes into the game with senior Miguel Tafolla banging the ball in for game’s first goal.

That was followed by three more goals in six minutes- all three by junior Tim McDonald, one with an assist from Tafolla- making the score 4-0.

But the half wasn’t over yet. Senior Joey Salsberg banged a shot in 10 minutes later with another Tafolla assist. Then with just a couple of minutes left in the half, Tafolla banged a shot that was deflected off the goalie’s hands into the net. The score was 6-0.

The second half looked more like a routine practice for the Wolverines with a lot of passing to avoid running up the score.

The starters rested for most of the half. Tafolla was even in street clothes when there was still 10 minutes of play left.

Sophomore Kyle Adams scored a goal just five minutes into the second half. That was followed up by junior David Vallin, who had been playing defense most of the game, scoring a goal 10 minutes later.

After that, Truckee passed the ball around and maintained possession for the remainder of the game. The final score was 8-0.

“I thought we moved the ball around well,” coach Rob Curtis said. “Sometimes the game slows down a bit at the second half, I thought we lost a little intensity.”

For Dayton, they were just simply out-skilled.

“We have a lot of kids that play year-round and they don’t,” Curtis said. “In games like this, it makes a difference.”

Curtis’ frontline made a huge impact with the play of Tafolla and McDonald.

“When those guys are working together, they’re very tough to beat,” Curtis said.

The next few games will be against tougher opponents and it will test the Wolverines a bit. In the next five games, they play Rite of Passage Oct. 4, followed by 4A Carson City on Tuesday, then Incline Village on Oct. 11; Bishop Manogue Oct. 16 and they’re at North Tahoe on Oct. 18.

“Our defense made a couple of mistakes that we can’t afford to make against better teams,” Curtis said. “But we’re pretty young.”

The stretch coming up isn’t too intimidating for Truckee.

“You just have to keep your head in it,” McDonald said.

Adams, playing his first year of varsity ball as a sophomore, is contributing to the team.

“He’s a trooper,” McDonald said.

On the defensive side, senior Kyle Kelly set the tone for the game.

“I thought Kyle Kelly had a great game,” Curtis said. “He did a great job he made the biggest difference of today.”