Soccer teams undefeated at halfway point
Winning by a margin of more than 10 points a game is far from the norm in the sport of soccer – unless you are the Wolverine varsity boys’ soccer team.
In the last two weeks, TTHS has picked up three more wins (12-1, 14-2 and 6-0) to bring their impressive season record to an undefeated 6-0.
After cleaning the field with Battle Mountain and Spring Creek on Sept. 14 and 15, the Wolverines traveled to Dayton on Sept. 21 to take on the Dust Devils. Senior Gabe Gannam opened the scoring less than a minute into play and Antuan Cannon quickly followed with another net. Gannam tapped in one more before the end of the first half, breaking with a 3-0 lead.
Gannam exploded again at the start of the second half of play, claiming goal number four and a hat trick on the day. Junior Kyle Flynn added the Wolverines’ fifth goal and Tim Jitloff locked in the win with a breakaway goal to finish the day with a 6-0 victory.
Despite the Wolverines’ decisive win, their passing game was disjointed and the team struggled to keep the intensity level up.
“It was certainly not our best game. Some fields just don’t lend themselves to a good passing game and this was one of them,” said Head Coach Rob Curtis.
Against the Spartans two weeks ago, the inspired Wolverine bench proved they were a force to be reckoned with, scoring on virtually every opportunity and executing fluid offensive plays. Kyle Flynn and Jeff Ebner both collected hat tricks in a virtual shooting spree against Spring Creek that ended with a 14-2 clobbering.
Curtis and the Wolverines faced their first challenge yesterday against the North Tahoe Lakers. The Lakers, last year’s state champions, also enjoyed an undefeated record heading into Wednesday’s game.
Scores were not available by press time.
“This is the beginning of the second half of the season,” said Curtis. “From here on out we will be playing tough teams like North Tahoe, Incline and Manogue and we are going to do everything we can to come out on top.”
The Wolverines will travel to Rite of Passage on Friday for a 7 p.m. start.
A slow game against Spring Creek on Sept. 15 was all but a distant memory last Friday when the Wolverine ladies’ varsity soccer team sent the Dust Devils packing with a crushing 15-0 victory.
Senior forward Stacy Cook opened up the scoring in a game that Coach Mike Holman called “a real specific, tactical display.”
Before the whistle was blown, Cook collected eight more goals for a total of nine and teammates Darcy Spencer, Kirsten Seitz, Natalie Pratt, Julie Rueckheim and Jaimee Froelich each put balls in the net for an easy Wolverine win.
“They really played the game we are trying to play,” said Holman. “We have been keeping up the intensity every game which is so important.”
Currently 7-0 for the season, the ladies were preparing for yesterday’s game against rival North Tahoe in practice earlier this week. The Lakers are also undefeated this season and Wednesday’s game was the first meeting of the two teams since last years state final matchup.
Scores were unavailable by press time.
“There have not been a lot of surprises so far this year,” said Holman.
The girls’ next game will be this Saturday at Incline at 10 a.m.
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