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Truckee boys soccer: Beating South Tahoe satisfying start to season

Matt Brown
Sierra Sun sports editor
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In 2003, the Truckee boys soccer team started the season with a bang, winning the Galena Tournament. This year, the team went 2-2 in the same preseason tournament on Aug. 27-28 and failed to make the championship game because of a 1-0 loss to Galena.

But the ultimate act of redemption ” a 2-0 win over defending NIAA 4A champions South Tahoe ” rid Truckee of a very sour taste left over from a 7-0 loss to the Vikings last September.

“They whipped us pretty good last year,” he said. “We had not been whipped ever since I have been coaching.”

In many ways, the ultimate act of redemption salvaged the tournament for the Wolverines and left them with an important sense of confidence before kicking off the regular season on Sept. 2 (a 6-0 win over visiting Yerington).

“That (win) was big, especially since we lost some games in the tournament we shouldn’t have,” Curtis said. It was also a moral defeat for Truckee after its proposal to move up to 4A before this season was rejected by the NIAA in December.

In addition to the 1-0 heartbreaker loss to Galena in the tournament, in which Galena managed only two shots on goal, the Wolverines also dropped a 1-0 decision to Analy (Calif.), the defending 3A North Coast Section champions. Truckee beat Manogue decisively for its other win in the tournament.

For Curtis, the goal is always to win the NIAA 3A state championship.

“Nothing short of that would allow us to leave the season feeling successful, although you can’t judge your entire season by the last game, either,” he said. “But it certainly is our goal.”

Curtis said the team is strengthened by the return of junior Austin Lynch, who was absent at the Galena Tournament. Lynch was all but moved away from Truckee with his family, but he decided to play another season with his teammates.

The team has also been hampered by the absence of a few key starters due to academic ineligibility. One of those missing in action is Chris Pearson, who Curtis describes as an impact player and leading scorer, and the other is Luis Maldonado. Curtis expects Pearson and Maldonado back in about a month.

Truckee’s season came to an end last year with a first round loss to North Tahoe, 2-0, in the first round of the NIAA 3A state championship tournament at North Valleys High School in Reno.

Date Day Opponent Site Time/result

Aug. 27-28 Fri./Sat. Galena Tournament Galena (went 2-2)

Sept. 2 Thurs. Yerington Truckee (W, 6-0)

Sept. 4 Sat. Spring Creek Truckee (W, 1-0)

Sept. 16 Thurs. North Tahoe North Tahoe 5 p.m.

Sept. 21 Tues. Whittell Truckee 5 p.m.

Sept. 24 Fri. Incline Truckee 5 p.m.

Sept. 25 Sat. Lowry Lowry 1 p.m.

Sept. 28 Tues. Sparks Sparks 5 p.m.

Oct. 5 Tues. Rite of Passage Truckee 4 p.m.

Oct. 7 Thurs. Whittell Whittell 4 p.m.

Oct. 12 Tues. Incline Incline 4 p.m.

Oct. 15 Fri. Lowry Truckee 4 p.m.

Oct. 19 Tues. Sparks Truckee 4 p.m.

Oct. 21 Thurs. Rite of Passage Rite of Passage 4 p.m.

Oct. 26 Tues. North Tahoe Truckee 4 p.m.

Nov. 5 Fri. Northern 3A regional playoffs

Nov. 9 Tues. 3A State Championship

It took a while for Truckee High School to wait out the 10-day district requirement to hire a new varsity girls soccer coach, but the wait is over.

Amy Valdivia, also hired as a registrar at Truckee High School, will take over the varsity program and decide on the final junior varsity and varsity rosters later this week.

The junior varsity girls have yet to hire a coach, but Valdivia said the school is close. For now, Valdivia will coach the first girls varsity game versus Dayton on Sept. 11.

Valdivia’s husband, Hernan, has been hired as the Truckee junior varsity boys head coach. The Valdivias move to Truckee from the Los Angeles area, where both coached varsity soccer at Hueneme High School. Amy coached girls varsity for two years, while Hernan coached boys varsity for three years.

Amy made her coaching debut with Truckee on Sept. 4, as the Wolverines handled Spring Creek, 6-0, at home. Truckee takes on North Tahoe on Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. North Tahoe beat Truckee 2-1 to win the 2003 NIAA 3A state championship in a 5-4 shootout. Truckee has won five 3A state titles since 1996.

Date Day Opponent Site Time/result

Sept. 4 Sat. Spring Creek Truckee (W, 6-0)

Sept. 16 Thurs. North Tahoe North Tahoe 3 p.m.

Sept. 21 Tues. Whittell Truckee 3 p.m.

Sept. 24 Fri. Incline Truckee 3 p.m.

Sept. 25 Sat. Lowry Lowry 11 a.m.

Sept. 28 Tues. Sparks Sparks 3 p.m.

Oct. 7 Thurs. Whittell Whittell 2 p.m.

Oct. 12 Tues. Incline Incline 2 p.m.

Oct. 15 Fri. Lowry Truckee 2 p.m.

Oct. 19 Tues. Sparks Truckee 2 p.m.

Oct. 26 Tues. North Tahoe Truckee 2 p.m.

Nov. 5 Fri. Northern 3A regional playoffs

Nov. 9 Tues. 3A State Championship