Truckee boys’ soccer | Brixey scores four goals as Wolverines rout Incline, 7-0 |

Truckee boys’ soccer | Brixey scores four goals as Wolverines rout Incline, 7-0

Sylas Wright/Sierra SunFernando Rodriguez leaps for a header against Incline on Thursday.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Senior striker Michael Brixey scored four goals within a 25-minute span to power the Truckee boys to a 7-0 rout against defending state champion Incline on Thursday.

The win kept the Wolverines unbeaten in the Northern 3A Sierra League, at 2-0, while improving their overall record to 4-2. It also marked the first win against the Highlanders (0-2 league, 1-3-1 overall) since the 2008 season.

and#8220;It’s good to know,and#8221; Brixey said of beating Incline, which lost 11 seniors from last year’s championship squad. and#8220;We know the rest of the teams in league are good competition, though, so we’ll see what happens.and#8221;

Brixey left no doubt about Thursday’s contest.

After a slow start by both teams, Brixey found the back of the net in the 34th minute when he followed the rebound of a shot off the foot of junior teammate Fernando Rodriguez. Less than 2 minutes later, Rodriguez followed the rebound of a shot by Easel Grass to give Truckee a 2-0 lead.

and#8220;It was a good game,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia. and#8220;We were a little tight in the beginning, but I was glad we were able to end the half the way we did with the two goals.and#8221;

The second half was all Brixey and the Wolverines, as the senior co-captain opened the scoring with a goal 6 minutes after the break and#8212; a blast of a shot assisted by Jose Sarabia and#8212; then followed with another goal unassisted 6 minutes later. Not done quite yet, Brixey added a fourth goal in the 59th minute to push Truckee’s lead to 5-0.

and#8220;That was a big game from Michael. It’s nice to see him stepping into that role as our leader,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;He and Fernando are starting to play well together. It’s just been about getting comfortable together.and#8221;

Edgar Campos got in on the scoring action in the 63rd minute after using a nifty move to get around a defender, and Grass rounded out the scoring on a penalty kick in the 70th minute.

and#8220;Obviously it didn’t go the way we wanted it to,and#8221; Incline head coach Tom Canino said after the game. and#8220;It’s a different season. We used to have (nonleague) games stacked up front where we could get everything figured out. and#8230; Obviously we don’t have everything figured out yet. But it’s OK. It’s a long season. We’ll get there.and#8221;

Valdivia complimented the efforts of senior Jason Apolinar, who he said and#8220;had an outstanding gameand#8221; while controlling the midfield, as well as sophomore Jonathan Zarate at forward.

and#8220;Jonathan Zarate is our most improved player,and#8221; the coach said. and#8220;He works hard and puts pressure on the defense. He’s fast.and#8221;

Sophomore goalie Ignacio Diaz preserved the shutout for the Wolverines.

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