Tempers flare in draw: Defense wins out in Truckee, Incline boys soccer game
In a match that had just about everything a soccer fan could ask for, it was the most important statistic that neither Truckee nor Incline could muster before Tuesday nights final whistle.The Wolverines and Highlanders battled to a 0-0 tie in the teams first matchup since last Novembers Northern 3A semifinal in Reno. In that match, Truckee cruised to a 6-0 win after five second-half goals en route to the 2007 state title.On Tuesday, neither team could find the net in a match that saw Incline dominate possession in the first half before things leveled off through the majority of the second.They really outplayed us in the first 40 minutes; we were sitting back and giving them way too much space, said Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia. Our midfield gave up a lot of offense; they kept losing possession. I got to give a lot of credit to our defense; those guys saved us.Truckees record now stands at 7-1-1 on the season. Incline (3-1-1) had numerous scoring chances in the first half, including two just-wide shots from sophomore Alex Reyes, and a third just-wide shot from senior Ruben Camacho. In all, Incline outshot Truckee 7-1 in the first half and 13-5 in the match.After the match, Incline head coach Tom Canino said he was frustrated to come away with the 0-0 tie.We should have scored a couple times in the first half; really, I saw three chances we should have put one in, Canino said. Its absolutely frustrating.The second half was more even possession-wise, and Truckee was able to pull off a couple scoring runs, including a near-score from 8 yards out in the 49th minute. However, senior Max Brixeys shot sailed wide. Brixey got another chance three minutes later, but his soft shot from 18 yards out was saved by Incline goalkeeper Francisco Rodriguez.Then, things got interesting, as a match that already was physical turned an uglier corner.
With 26 minutes left in the match, a Truckee defender delivered a hard tackle to Incline junior Mike Ceragioli, garnering a yellow card, Truckees second yellow of the match, as Brixey got one in the first half after a hard foul.Ceragioli sprang to his feet to confront the Truckee defender, resulting in about 10 players from each team gathering and pushing each other in a small scrum before coaches and referees broke up the group. Referees gave Brixey a second yellow card shortly after, as they deemed he was out of line in running over to the scrum and pushing one of the Incline players. Since a second yellow card warrants a red card, Brixey was ejected from the game, leaving Truckee with 10 men for the rest of the match.Valdivia said he was disappointed about the call, more so because his team had started to gather some momentum prior to Brixeys ejection.Well, the red card hurt us a lot, Valdivia said. We were slowly started to get together a semblance of control, and then the red card kind of set us back.A second near brawl took place about 15 minutes after Brixeys ejection, after Inclines Peter Salazar was yellow carded for his hard foul on a Truckee player. This time, about 15 players from both teams converged near the Incline bench, where the foul occurred, pushing and yelling at each other before Inclines coaches and referees broke up the exchange.Canino said he was disappointed with his teams performance, up a man, after Brixeys ejection.We could have won, and then when Brixey got red carded, we should have won, Canino said. But we let the emotion get to us; thats one of the reasons we didnt win. We gave in to the emotion and started getting a bit careless, kicking a lot of long balls rather than being patient and setting up the right play.In all, Truckee garnered three yellow cards and one red, while Incline had one yellow card.Despite the excitement, Valdivia praised his players for not taking the match to an even worse level.They did a good job of keeping cool heads, he said. And that can be hard, with the lights shining and the crowd yelling and everyone.The two teams meet again at Truckee on Oct. 21. The game starts at 4 p.m.
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