Truckee boys soccer improves to 2-0
Sierra Sun sports editor
On Sept. 2, the Truckee boys soccer team thumped visiting Yerington, 6-0, on the new turf field behind the new Alder Creek Middle School.
“These guys I thought would be pretty good, and they were good for a while, but once we make them run around a field this big for a while, they run out of gas,” said Truckee head coach Rob Curtis.
Truckee needed no more than a minute to open a 1-0 lead on a goal by Eric Dita. The Wolverines took a 2-0 lead into halftime on a goal by Austin Lynch.
The aggressive Truckee offense would not relent in the second half as four other Wolverines players ” Jeremy Adams, Scott Eberhardt, Ruben Martinez and Kyle Adams ” also found the net.
Truckee goalie Clayton Bena was never challenged in the contest, as a swarming Truckee defense allowed zero Yerington shots on goal.
Curtis said the game on the Alder Creek field, of which the surrounding terrain is still very much under construction, was mostly experimental.
“Most of our games will be played at (Truckee’s) River View (Park),” he said. “The fields are almost as big out there, and I just prefer to play on grass.”
The synthetic turf on the Alder Creek field incorporates the latest trend in field design. Composed of a thermoplastic fiber infilled with rubber, a small black dust cloud appears when the ball strikes the turf or a player makes a cut.
Curtis said the turf plays more consistently with fewer variables than natural grass.
“It’s very telling in that there are no excuses,” he said. “You can’t blame the field; there are no bad bounces, there’s no reason for not trapping well, and if you have trouble handling the ball, it’s because you’re not good at handling the ball.”
Against Yerington, Truckee needed no excuses, as it began the 2004 regular season with an easy victory.
On Saturday, Sept. 4, Truckee met up with a fiery Spring Creek squad who insisted on driving more than three weekend hours to square off with the Wolverines.
A goal by Eric Dita in the 31st minute propelled Truckee to a 1-0 victory over a Spring Creek team that defeated Incline 4-0 earlier this season.
“They are an athletic and spirited team,” said Curtis about a bunch that was confident it could beat Truckee this season after a 3-1 loss to the Wolverines in the first round of the 2003 Northern 3A regional tournament. “It was a very physical, fast-paced game.”
Curtis said a Spring Creek goal that reflected off the crossbar was negated by an offsides penalty.
Because of its athleticism, Curtis expects Spring Creek to compete for one of the two Northern 3A state championship slots.
Two Northern 3A and two Southern 3A teams will battle for the state championship in southern Nevada in November.
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