Still on top, Truckee soccer marches on
After a 13-0 win on the road Tuesday night against Right of Passage High School, the Truckee High School boys’ varsity soccer team returned home Wednesday to defeat 4A, and first in their league, Douglas High School.
The Wolverines came out running fast in the game against Douglas and their passing game looked incredible.
Head coach Rob Curtis said although they beat ROP 13-0 the day before, they learned a lot from the game.
“The importance of that game was we got a chance to work on a few things like spreading the field, opening up passing lanes and using the whole team,” Curtis said.
“It (the game against ROP) paid dividends today. We got passes today we weren’t making last week.”
Truckee’s passing game was the key to their victory and domination throughout both halves of play.
In the opening minutes of the first half the Wolverines began to take shot after shot on goal. For the most part these shots didn’t have enough on them to travel to the back of the net, but Truckee’s passes were consistent enough to keep pressure on Douglas’ goal keeper. It was only a matter of time before the Wolverines would get an open shot on goal.
Clayton Bena continued to make good saves on the other end of the field defending Truckee’s goal just as he’s done all season. But like most of the recent games, the Wolverines didn’t allow Douglas to put much pressure on Bena.
Remy Denton came up with a few key defensive plays to thwart Douglas fast breaks.
On offense, the Wolverines continued to make passes and chip shots and headers at the Douglas goal box.
The first Truckee goal came from Timmy McDonald. With two defenders between McDonald and the goalie he used World Cup style footwork to dribble around both defenders, leaving them both utterly confused, and sent a solid shot past the goalie into the upper right corner of the net.
After a few more Truckee shots on goal and save at the opposite end of the field by Bena, the Wolverines turned up the heat again.
McDonald scored his second goal of the game after he found himself on another break away with only the goalie to beat. McDonald showed excellent ball control and passing skills all game.
At the half Truckee lead the 4A division leaders 2-0.
In the second half Truckee continued to look structured as Douglas looked frantic searching for an offensive play.
“We kept them away from the goal,” Curtis said.
On offense for Truckee, Scott Eberhardt made a great pass to Danny Rostad who kicked the pass in mid-air with his foot over his head for the goal.
Bena made several more nice saves on defense and the Wolverines walked away with a 3-0 victory.
“Our intensity was up and we never let them settle into their game,” Curtis said.
“They never got going,” said Truckee’s Kevin Waters. “That’s not bad on their part, that’s good on our part,” he added.
In this non-league game Curtis said the team played for pride and Truckee’s 3A league.
“We’re picking up momentum and that’s really what you look for heading into the second half of the season,” Curtis added.
Curtis also pointed out how important it is to have strong senior leadership.
“We’ve got a good group of seniors. They’ve been playing together for a long time, and thinking about this year for a long time,” Curtis said.
The boys’ junior varsity soccer team beat the Douglas junior varsity 2-1. Sean Collin and Austin Lynch scored the goals for the Wolverines.
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