Sports: Wolverine roundup
Cleaning up in 3A play last week, the Tahoe-Truckee Lady’s soccer team swept into its next home game with two more wins and one tie. In an overwhelming victory over Fernley last Wednesday, the Lady Wolverines practically gnawed through the Vaqueros net with its biting offense, winning 12-1. Leading scorers were Kristine Trudeau with four goals while Jaimee Froelich added two. Although girls coach Mike Holman noted this was not the most interesting match, it aided in tempting the appetite that consumed his team through the rest of the week. On Friday, the Wolverines’ scrapped to a 2-2 tie against Manogue. Kristine Bena’s unassisted goal and Cali Pratt’s successful penalty kick were the two Tahoe-Truckee tallies. Despite the draw, the Wolverines’ dominated play with 29 shots on goal to Manogue’s mere five attempts.
Holman attributed the team’s inability to convert scoring opportunities to a series of defensive mistakes coupled with a lack of patience. These holes in the team’s usually solid play were promptly worked through in practice, as evident in Truckee’s solid appearance against Battle Mountain on Saturday. The Battle Mountain match opened the window for substantial playing time for all substitute players and rendered a 6-1 victory for the Wolverines. Kristine Trudeau led the team with two goals, as Darcy Spencer, Stacey Cook and Pratt each contributed with one apiece.
Drawing strength from a solid victory on Saturday, the Wolverines came into play on Monday executing much improved possession soccer, to Holman’s liking, and set up a 4-1 victory over Quincy.
Attacking from the wings and the middle, Kristine Bena scored the first goal for Tahoe-Truckee off a cross from Natalie Milligan, and returned the unselfish play with a cross to Pratt to secure goal number two. A give-and-go by Jaimee Froelich to Kristine Trudeau resulted in the third score for the Lady Wolverines, followed shortly thereafter by a cross from the wing by Froelich to Pratt, who netted the final goal against a much-improved Quincy squad.
The girls’ next home game is Friday against North Tahoe and promises to be the game of the year for the Tahoe-Truckee team. North Tahoe suffered its first loss of the season against Manogue last week.
Tennis ready to gamble in Reno
After defeating Hug by a considerable margin of 16.25 to 3.37 last Thursday, the Wolverines boys’ tennis team was only two matches away from realizing its playoff hopes. Non-league play on Monday against North Tahoe served to boost the Wolverines spirits as they closed out the regular season Tuesday and Wednesday. Despite a mere eight-player roster, the boy’s tennis team will enter the playoffs in Reno this weekend in fourth place and will most likely face Reno in the first round. While the Reno team poses a serious challenge to the small Tahoe- Truckee team, no. 1 singles player Christian Wolf and the dynamic duo of Aaron Borghello and Nick Ratto are expected to deliver strong performances.
Coach Maureen Adamski, pleased with the boys’ performance this season, remarked that the team was happy with “the season overall” and its placement of fourth despite the setbacks of a small roster. The Wolverines will commence play at 3:30 Saturday afternoon at the Plumas Courts in Reno.
Volleyball has its swings
Simply glancing at the record thus far of the Wolverine’s volleyball team would not accurately tell the story of this group of young women. While the spikers have been unable to pull out the wins, the team has been desperately working toward they have improved both in physical ability and team cohesiveness.
Varsity coach Maggie Shane has witnessed this young team’s enviable ability to continue working hard despite a disappointing series of losses.
“While we definitely have the ability physically,” Shane asserted, “we just need to pull our mental game together.”
The Wolverines are primarily running a 5-1 offense that revolves around the skillful setting of team captain Diedre Panziera, who, in turn, serves as a motivator and leader on the team. After spending most of the season on the road, the Lady Wolverines return home this week for three straight games. This opportunity to reunite on home court begins today against Fernley and continues next week with back-to-back games against Lowry and Spring Creek on Friday and Saturday.
Battle of top undefeated teams
This Friday at 5 p.m. the line will be drawn on the field of Surprise Stadium. Defending state champions and undefeated Wolverines’ boys’ soccer team will face its league test of the year as Truckee takes on the undefeated North Tahoe Lakers. In the first game between the two teams since last season’s controversial state championship match, this match could very well set the tone for the remainder of the season for both teams.
Boasting undefeated boys and girls’ varsity teams this year, Tahoe-Truckee High School has been riding the wave of domination thus far in 3A play. Will the efforts of the mighty Lakers dry up this seemingly unstoppable tide, or will they fall victim to the display of skill and teamwork that has devastated Truckee’s first nine opponents? This question remains to be determined.
Both teams have racked up goal tallies that could easily be mistaken for miscalculations on behalf of the statisticians, with the Wolverines scoring 60 goals and giving up a mere four in just their first nine games. The Lakers, who have focused largely on offensive movement and scoring this season, boast even higher numbers of goals- illustrating what has been nothing short of domination. The Wolverines, while also containing a strong offensive unit, have shifted their focus to midfield and the defensive side of the game in an effort to take away North Tahoe’s opportunity to score. “The war is in midfield,” says Truckee’s varsity coach Rob Curtis, who hopes to detract from the Lakers game, focusing primarily on North Tahoe’s swift-footed strikers with a defensively oriented 4-4-2 formation and the efforts of defensemen like Justin Platt, Jarrett Bower and Jeff Ebner. Key to a Wolverines victory will be shutting down Laker standouts Will Wolford and Mario Cervantes, two deadly players with the ability to take over a game.
However, Curtis and crew cannot ignore North Tahoe’s wings such as Brent Kegebein and Conor Caulkett.
Curtis’ Wolverines come into this week’s big game with two more pelts to add to the seven that have gone before them. On September 29 at Surprise Stadium, the Truckee boys’ team dominated in a game against Manogue that was the closest point margin to date this season with Truckee narrowly pulling out a 2-0 victory. A more telling score can be determined by the shots on goal as the Wolverines fired 32 at the net as opposed to the Miners two chances. The Wolverines’ inability to consistently finish its opportunities will be a major concern in the team’s match Friday against North Tahoe. Elias Silver scored both goals for Truckee team, the first at 18 minutes off a punt from goalie Jarred Gifford. Silver’s second goal came in the second half at 66 minutes, assisted by Jason Waters. Curtis was pleased with the team’s overall performance, dominating the midfield and controlling the offensive game.
The Wolverines crushed Battle Mountain on the road in an effort that made it worth the long drive to the game. While Curtis was pleased with the team’s 10-2 victory, he was disappointed in the two goals scored on them, raising the season’s total of goals allowed to four. Leading the scoring was Silver with four goals.
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