Truckee boys hold on for victory over Incline Village
In a clash that leaves the Lake Division in a three-way tie for first, Truckee edged out Incline Village 2-1.
“It was the hardest game I’ve had all season,” junior goalie Daniel Galvin said. “I think we’ll definitely beat North Tahoe now.”
Truckee was able to maintain possession the majority of the game, keeping Incline away from Galvin’s net.
Galvin made several game-saving plays, but he just redistributed the credit.
“The defense played really good,” he said. “Kyle Adams and Rueben Martinez really stepped up big for us.”
The two were able to give Galvin a few breaks as they found themselves destroying offensive drives hitting the ball back to the midfielders.
“I thought it was the best game of the season for our team,” junior midfielder Remy Denton said. “I think it was because we cared a lot.”
The scoring started early when senior Miguel Tafolla put Truckee up first with a long shot that bounced off the crossbar at 35:30 left in the first half.
Then Incline tied the game up with 28:26 left in the half.
The two teams battled it out with only a couple of shots on either goal for 17 minutes before Tafolla made it through again and put Truckee up for good, 2-1. That was also the last of the scoring, as neither team scored in the second half.
“Between the North Tahoe and Carson games, we’ve been able to focus on winning loose balls and slowing it down, real technical and tactical play,” coach Rob Curtis said. “We won by only one goal, so there’s certainly room for improvement.”
Now the win creates a three-way tie for first place in the competitive Lake Division.
“What we’ve seen happen here is pretty interesting where we weren’t mentally prepared for the North Tahoe game,” Curtis said. “After beating us, they weren’t mentally prepared for the Incline game, and after Incline beat them, they (Incline) weren’t prepared for us, so it’s all a matter of your readiness, too.”
Incline coach Tom Canino thought his squad could have done better.
“We did not play every minute,” he said. “We didn’t have a lot of standouts tonight.”
The Highlanders could have picked up their intensity level a little more as their unbeaten streak was ended.
“We watched a lot of the game,” Canino said. “We didn’t penetrate well.”
Highlander captain Ben Maller didn’t see the same play that beat North Tahoe.
“They came to play,” Maller said. “They took it to us. The team wasn’t focused, they possessed well.”
Now for Truckee, it’s a question of which team shows up to play: the one that played the Lakers and lost, or the one that played the Highlanders and won.
“It was our biggest game yet,” senior Casey Eberhardt said. “We showed how we can get our intensity up to win big games.”