Truckee boys soccer gets first taste of defeat
The perfect record is gone.
The Truckee High boys soccer team is now 11-1 overall and 5-1 in league after suffering their first loss of the season, 1-0, at Incline on Tuesday.
“It’s disappointing, of course,” Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia said of the loss. “But I think you’ve got to give credit to (the Highlanders). They were more fired up than us.”
Incline scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute, playing a long ball down the right sideline and getting behind the Truckee defense before kicking through the point.
“It was a really beautiful shot,” Valdivia said. “… It was just one of those games where we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. I’m hoping it will serve as a wakeup call.”
Valdivia said that while the Wolverines were well aware of the Highlanders’ prowess entering the contest, they still came out flat. And even though Truckee picked up its intensity in the second half, Incline’s defense managed to thwart a talented group of Wolverine scorers.
“It was not a matter of underestimating them, they just played great,” Valdivia said of the Highlanders’ performance. “They were fired up the whole game. They just wanted it more than us.”
With Sparks handing Incline a loss earlier this season and Truckee beating Sparks, Valdivia said the top four teams in the Northern 3A ” Truckee, North Tahoe, Incline and Sparks ” are very evenly matched. Tuesday’s loss ensured in his mind that any team can beat anyone else in the competitive division.
Even so, Valdivia does not expect his team to lose if it plays to its potential. Tuesday’s loss, then, may have been a good thing in the long run.
“We didn’t play to out ability. I think we were kind of coasting through the last few games, so maybe this will wake us up a little bit,” he said.
But with another game yet to play against North Tahoe ” at home on Oct. 17, as well as Sparks again on Oct. 10 and Incline again on Oct. 24 ” the loss could potentially hurt Truckee in the end, as the top three teams continue on to postseason play.
Valdivia still thinks the Lakers will be the toughest challenge.
“We still have to play North Tahoe again, and that’s no gimme,” he said. “I expect them to play better than last time (during a 3-1 Truckee win on Sept. 12).”
Truckee plays at Dayton Saturday at 1 p.m.
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