Tahoe-Truckee suffers first loss in two years
The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines had their 54-game winning streak broken last week.
The girls’ team suffered its last defeat to Douglas High School on Sept. 5, 1997 at a tournament in Truckee. On Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, the Wolverines were defeated, 2-1, by a Quincy team that they had beaten earlier this season.
“Unfortunately, the players and I took this game for granted,” Head Coach Larry Young said. “We expected to win and did not prepare to win. Since few teams have ever beaten us, they are really motivated to do well against us. We came out a bit sluggish and Quincy pounced.”
Quincy scored twice against the Wolverines in the opening six minutes of the game.
The first goal was the result of an error by a backup goalkeeper. The second goal was an outstanding longshot by Quincy’s Amy Merrill.
While Truckee dominated the game, particularly the second half, the Wolverines were unlucky. Quincy protected its lead well, and, although Truckee had many shots on goal, the Wolverines could not score.
Truckee’s only goal in the game came on a penalty kick by Megan Minnick with only two minutes remaining in the second half.
Another sluggish start three days later yielded entirely different results.
The Wolverines defeated the Fernley Vacqueros, 13-0.
The Fernley squad had recently won its first game ever, defeating Dayton.
The Vacqueros were relaxed and confident.
Truckee managed to score four times in the first half, a very subpar performance against such a young Fernley team. Krista Anderson scored an unassisted goal for the Wolverines’ first point. Cali Pratt, assisted by Kristine Bena, knocked in Truckee’s second goal. Natalie Bergman scored an unassisted goal in the 23rd minute and Shauna Murray, assisted by Bena, scored in the 33rd minute.
Young had elected to have Becca Shook, the Wolverines leading scorer, sit out for a lot of the first half, to rest her sore knees.
Shook started in the second half and played for only 15 minutes, during which time she scored four goals and “lit things up” according to Young.
Truckee had nine second half goals.
Martin, Stacey Cook, Katie Mickelson and Bena each contributed a goal to the victory. Truckee finished the game with nine different players scoring goals.
The Wolverines’ season record is 6-1-2. Truckee remains undefeated in league (3-0.)
Truckee’s next game is Saturday when it hosts a “homecoming” game against league rivals North Tahoe.
The game, starting at 10 a.m., is slated to be one of the Wolverines’ most competitive this season
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