Soccer squads sweep league
Not surprisingly, the Tahoe-Truckee boys’ and girls’ soccer teams were undefeated this past week.
The boys’ team improved its record to 11-2 on the season by defeating Rite of Passage, Spring Creek, and Battle Mountain. The girls’ team upended Spring Creek and Battle Mountain and renewed its winning streak.
The Wolverines hosted the Rite of Passage Rams on the Saturday following their disappointing loss to North Lake Tahoe.
ROP had only nine players and by game’s end was playing with eight. The result was a 9-0 Truckee win.
After 18 minutes, in which the Wolverines took a 3-0 lead, Truckee Head Coach Mike Holman began freely substituting, as well as removing players from the field trying to make the game more competitive. Despite his efforts, ROP was overwhelmed and the Wolverines scored six second half goals to cruise to an easy victory.
Antuan Cannon and Chris Waller both scored hat tricks.
Spring Creek was an entirely different story.
For 63 minutes, there were no goals scored, though Truckee controlled the ball for most of the time.
Cannon took a pass from Elias Silver and placed a perfect shot to the back of the net for the Wolverines’ first goal. In the remaining 13 minutes, the team scored three goals and Truckee went on to win 4-0.
Silver scored two goals and Jason Waters headed one.
“We kept our intensity up the whole 80 minutes,” Holman said. “I knew that once we scored the game would be over. Spring Creek really improved from our first contest, but they just didn’t have the manpower to match up with our talent.”
Truckee wasted no time against Battle Mountain.
The Wolverines scored in the opening 33 seconds and carried the momentum straight to the end, winning 11-1.
The Wolverines are 11-2 on the regular season and face Division I leader North Tahoe on Tuesday, Nov. 2, for their final game of the regular season. Truckee is seeded second as the playoffs approach.
Truckee has not so much as stumbled since its loss to Quincy a few weeks ago.
The Wolverines defeated visiting Spring Creek 5-1 last Friday. On Saturday, they hosted Battle Mountain and claimed an 8-0 win.
Against Spring Creek Becca Shook landed two goals. Megan Martin tallied a goal and two assists. Cali Pratt had a goal and an assist and Kristine Bena scored a goal.
Leilani Mullen had four saves.
Against Battle Mountain, Shook scored four goals. Shauna Murray got her first hat trick of the season, scoring Truckee’s last goals of the game. Bena accounted for the Wolverines’ other goal.
Natalie Pratt and Bena both had two assists. Quincy Young, C. Pratt, and Kirsten Seitz also had assists.
Truckee is 9-1-2 on the regular season, atop Division I standings.
Both the girls’ and boys’ teams will celebrate senior farewell day during their last home games of the season Saturday, Oct. 30. The ceremony will occur between the boys’ game against Fernley (starting at 10 a.m.) and the girls’ game against Fernley at noon.
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