Truckee at North Tahoe soccer | Wolverines get best of Lakers in first meetings |

Truckee at North Tahoe soccer | Wolverines get best of Lakers in first meetings

Sun Staff report
Sylas Wright / Sierra SunLiz Buhler and Olivia Duner contend for a 50-50 ball during the Wolverines' 3-1 win on Friday.

Truckeeand#8217;s soccer teams both earned Sierra League wins at North Tahoe on Friday, the boys by a score of 4-0 and the girls 3-1.

In the third minute of the girlsand#8217; game, North Tahoe junior Liz Buhler put the Lakers on the board when she converted an indirect free kick from about 25 yards out, chipping a bending ball to the upper far post for a quick 1-0 lead.

The Wolverines responded, maintaining possession most of the first half while failing to connect on any of their 20 shots, thanks in part to the solid play of North Tahoe goalie Angela Wood.

The visitors finally broke through about 10 minutes into the second half, as Melissa Cardoza sent a shot over Woodand#8217;s head to knot the score at 1-apiece. Shortly after, Truckee scored again to take the lead on a lower corner shot by Olivia Duner.

and#8220;Then,and#8221; said North Tahoe coach Jon Rockwood, and#8220;I saw the best soccer Iand#8217;ve seen in three years of coaching. The girls kept their heads high and played aggressive soccer and the fans were great. The girls created more space on the field, hustled and had a few tying opportunities.and#8221;

Despite the Lakersand#8217; quality play, Truckee sophomore Kaylee Neill scored a third goal on a quick counter attack to stretch the lead to 3-1.

and#8220;Truckee deserved the win, but I was very happy with how the team played, especially at the end,and#8221; Rockwood said, complimenting the play of Sammi Schulte, Buhler and Alicia Pieper.

Shauna Day and Maison Power assisted two of the Wolverinesand#8217; goals.

Truckee improved to 3-0 in league play and 6-4-1 overall as North Tahoe fell to 1-1-1 in league and 3-2-2 overall.

After a scoring drought that lasted most of the first half, the Truckee boys struck with a goal just before the midway point and added three more in the second half to earn the 4-0 win.

Junior Austin Simonpietri broke the scoreless tie with a goal in the 39th minute and put the Wolverines up 2-0 with another goal assisted by Jose Sarabia just after halftime.

Rolando Zarate scored shortly after that off a pass from brother Johnny Zarate, and Sarabia picked up the last goal in the 70th minute off a pass from Rolando Zarate.

The game started out as a struggle in the middle of the field as both sides were unable to accomplish much of anything.

and#8220;About halfway through the first half we were able to slow it down and play our game,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Casey Eberhardt, adding that it was nice to have a 1-0 cushion at the half. and#8220;In the second half we came out strong and got an early goal and we started to pass the ball around.and#8221;

Truckeeand#8217;s boys are now 4-0 in league and 11-2 overall. North Tahoeand#8217;s boys are 1-2 in league and 2-5-2 overall.

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