Soccer teams move into 1st
After two league games, the Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ soccer team is right where it wants to be – leading the 3A league with a 2-0 record following wins over Incline and Boulder City last week.
Truckee dominated the play during the league opener at Incline Sept. 23, whistling 26 shots on the Highlander goal. Only two shots, one by Gannon Sutter and one by Taylor Greene, found the back of the net, though, as the Wolverines won 2-0 in a game which Truckee coach Larry Leatherman said wasn’t as close as the score indicated.
“I though we dominated the game for our league opener,” Leatherman said. “They only had two shots on goal and our defense was able to keep them off balance through the game.”
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first half against Boulder City Saturday on goals by Sutter and Juan Aguilar, the Truckee offense started connecting in the second half, drilling four goals on four shots in a span of only five minutes. Truckee was never challenged after that point and won 7-1, with second-half goals being tallied by Kyle Barth (2), Jason Gifford (2) and Johan Anderson.
“The four goals on four straight shots took them right out of the game,” Leatherman said.
Although he was pleased with the two league wins during the week, Leatherman was probably most proud of his team’s come-from-behind effort Sept. 19 which saw the Wolverines rebound from a 5-1 deficit to eventually lose at home to Folsom High School, 5-4.
“The players did an outstanding job in coming back – they never gave up, no matter how many goals they were down,” Leatherman said.
Leatherman said Folsom, a strong team which remembered a 5-0 loss to Truckee last season, took advantage of Truckee’s fatigue after playing three games in five days.
“They took it to us right off the bat,” Leatherman said after watching Folsom score twice within the game’s first 10 minutes. “Our defense was a little confused – they run some nice switches on offense and had our defense playing on our heels rather than our toes.”
Barth had Truckee’s only goal of the first half, scoring off a perfect pass from Wes Thelen. Headed into the intermission, Truckee trailed 3-1.
“At half time, the team was ready to come out and play hard – we have been down before and still came back to win,” Leatherman said. “There was a big problem, though, this time because they came out and scored two more times within 15 minutes, making the score 5-1.”
The Truckee comeback began with a volley shot by Anderson in the 55th minute. Wes Thelen then made it 5-3 when he took a pass from Green which had been set up by Brandon Mihevc.
Things got really interesting when Green was fouled in the box and converted the penalty kick to make the score 5-4. Jim Leatherman and Green narrowly missed on late opportunities to tie the game, but time finally ran out on the Wolverines.
Leatherman thanked the crowd for providing support for Truckee – even with the Wolverines down 5-1.
“Even at our away games, we’ve had more fans than the home team,” Leatherman said. “It’s great to have home games with hundreds of people around the field. It really helps to have so many people encouraging our players.”
Truckee plays Yerington Saturday at 2 p.m. at Yerington. The next home game is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. in a league game vs. Rite of Passage.
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