‘Trouble’ has good showing at tourney
The Sierra Soccer Club (SSC) girl’s under-14 Trouble lived up to its name in the Washoe Zephyr Tournament this weekend in Reno, but came up short in the finals.
The Trouble came close to tasting victory in their division, but fell in the championship game 3-0 to the Elk Grove Eclipse.
“We played great in our first two matches but really fell apart in the end,” coach Don Fyfe said. “Our attacks in the first two games were impressive and dynamic, and that was a pleasure to see. We’ve been focusing on that over the past month and to see the results makes us very pleased.”
The Trouble easily won their pool with two solid victories. The Trouble had no difficulty putting away South Shore’s No Limit, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead off goals from Tahoe City’s Meghan Caulkett and Truckee’s Katie Geresy.
A miscleared ball deep in the Trouble defensive end, led to an easy score for No Limit.
Truckee’s Alexis Auckenthaler gave the Trouble a 3-1 lead before the half when a switched ball left her enough space to beat two defenders and slot the ball to the upper corner.
Geresy scored again in the second half to secure a 4-1 win.
“Our keeper Julia (Gregory of Incline), did a great job in the goal and really took control,” Fyfe added. “She continues to improve on her distribution and is really helping us to keep control of the ball and the flow of play.”
The Trouble also won their second game 4-2 over the Sparks Blackhawks, with a hat trick from Truckee’s Maisha Goodpastor – and one more from Tahoe City’s Lindy Buffington.
The SSC girls under-14 Nitros had a disappointing outing, finishing 1-3 with an early 4-1 loss to the Placer United Prestige. North Tahoe’s Christy Riva scored the lone goal for the Nitros.
The Nitros turned around to defeat the Idaho Pride 4-2 with goals from Incline’s Carly Wood (2) and Courtney Pennacchio, and Truckee’s Whitney Hardy.
The SSC girls’ under-13 Blizzards went 0-2-1, recording a 1-1 tie with rivals Carson Extreme and 2-1 losses to RSU Orange and the Grants Pass Nitros.
The under-12 girl’s SSC Spirit suffered 7-0 and 5-0 losses on Saturday, but rebounded on Sunday to tie the Truckee-N-Tahoe Avalanche 0-0.
The Spirits clung to the scoreless tie with a strong defensive effort from defenders Kalei Cofer, Allee Macrorie and Julie McNamara, all of Truckee, and midfielders Shawnee Wood of Incline, who suffered a knee injury in the first half and was forced to sit out for the second.
Truckee’s Stephanie O’Neil dropped back for Wood to help out in the defensive effort.
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