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Tough tourney readies boys for season

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

This year the Wolverine varsity boys’ soccer team will be spending more time in Truckee and around the Lake than they have in past years.

What this means for Head Coach Rob Curtis and his packed bench of 24 players is less traveling to the far reaches of eastern Nevada, and more importantly – a far more competitive schedule.

“The teams around the lake like North Tahoe and Incline, as well as Manogue, are our toughest opponents and we are excited that we will be seeing them frequently throughout the season.”

To prepare for a fierce fall, the Wolverines have been heading up with large 4A schools from California in the pre-season, to not only challenge them as a team but also aid in identifying weak areas in their game.

Last weekend the Wolverines traveled to Napa for the Vintage tournament and four fierce games against some of the best schools in the region. Despite their tournament record of 1-2-1, Curtis was pleased with his team’s play and welcomed the challenge to up their caliber of play as the season progresses.

“It showed us that we have some improvement to do. Getting pressed is great because it drives us to work and play harder when the games really count,” said Curtis.

Sophomore Dan Rostad opened the tournament scoring for the Wolverines with a goal in the first few minutes of TNT’s game against St. Helena, followed by junior Kyle Flynn and sophomore Timmy McDonald with a goal apiece. Overall, Truckee played very physically throughout the four games, pushing offensively to the whistle, and tied Petaluma 2-2 in their last matchup of the tournament.

“One thing we will be working on this week is our possession game,” added Curtis. “These teams really showed us the power of possession and patience.”

Truckee suffered from high turnovers and rushed passes in their losses against Maria Carillo – a team from Santa Rosa – and Sir Francis Drake, another deep California squad.

They will be shifting their focus to support and controlled possession this week as they ready for tomorrow’s game against Yerington at 4 p.m.


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