Soccer teams continue winning ways
The Truckee High School boys’ varsity soccer team beat Sparks High School for the second time this season, 2-1 on Tuesday.
Early in the game, the Wolverines dominated on offense, but they were unable to finish. The area surrounding the goal box was filled with yellow Sparks jerseys, clogging the passing lanes and making it impossible for the Wolverines to get a clean shot on goal.
On defense, the Wolverines did a great job stopping the Sparks offense from penetrating the Truckee goal box. But the first time the Sparks offense got inside the goal box, they scored a goal and the lead.
Truckee continued to possess the ball, but struggled to connect passes through the congested field.
“We couldn’t really play our game on that field,” said player Forrest Platt. “We couldn’t spread it out.”
Eventually Timmy McDonald did what he does best – split the defense and take a shot on goal. The goalie blocked the shot, but Chris Pearson was there to send the rebound into the upper right-hand corner of the net.
Platt, Remy Denton, Shane Collins and Matt Freeman made great plays on defense to hold Sparks’ offensive players at bay.
Toward the end of the first half, the Wolverines took a page from the girls’ varsity playbook and began to pass the ball out to their defense to allow time and open passing lanes.
Clayton Bena made good saves at goal to keep the game tied at 1.
In the second half, the Wolverines came out shooting. But early in the half, Truckee lost a key shooter, Scott Eberhardt, to an ankle injury.
Fresh off the bench, Casey Haskell came in to give the Wolverine offense some life. His hustle created some of the first solid shots on goal of the entire game.
The Wolverines began to link passes together and get shots on goal. However, the Wolverines still struggled to finish at the net.
In the end, McDonald drove to the net and shot past the goalie as he charged out to make the play. The goal was all the Wolverines needed to walk away victorious.
In the final minutes of the game, McDonald and Kevin Flynn put good pressure on the Sparks goalie, while Denton and Freeman had huge defensive plays to ensure the Wolverine victory.
It was the same old story on Tuesday, as the Truckee High School girls’ varsity soccer team had yet another huge shutout against Sparks High School 9-0.
Caitlin Holman led the Truckee offense with a hat trick. Nicole Cardinali, Alexandra O’Niel, Camille Gannon, Jenna Lowrance, Jessie Kautz and Alison Ross had a goal in the game.
The Lady Wolverines end regular season play against North Tahoe High School on Oct. 30.
“It’s always good to end the season on that note. They are a real competitive team,” said coach Kyle Adams.
“It gives us a chance to see how much we’ve truly improved since the first time we played them. They’re a good measuring stick for us,” Adams said.
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