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Truckee boys soccer team unbeaten at Galena

Staff reports

The Truckee High boys soccer team opened its season on a good note, going 5-0 and winning the Galena Tournament over the weekend.

“I was very happy,” said Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia. “We came together nicely. Now we should head into league with a little momentum.”

Junior Al Virrey led the Wolverines with three goals and one assist in the five games.

Truckee beat 4A South Tahoe 1-0 in a sudden death shootout to win the tournament. After both teams converted four of five penalty kicks, Truckee sophomore Ryan Newland made a save on the Vikings’ next attempt. Junior Eric Pratt then scored to give Truckee the win.

The Wolverines beat Incline 4-0 in the semifinal game of the tournament. Austin Prouty, Max Brixey, Sal Tejeda and Victor Islas each had a goal.

“We got a lot of goals from different people, so that always helps,” Valdivia said.

The toughest contest of the tournament came against Reno, Valdivia said. Truckee won that game 2-1 on goals by Cole Froelich and Virrey.

Emmanuel Sarabia scored once and Virrey twice in Truckee’s second game, a 3-0 win over Bishop Manogue.

In the first game of the tournament, the Wolverines beat host Galena 2-1 on goals by Brixey and Scott Kelly.

“I think the best surprise is how well we were able to play as a team and move the ball around,” Valdivia said.

Truckee keepers Will Akers and Newland also did an excellent job defending the goal in the Galena Tournament, Valdivia said, adding that the two are battling it out for the starting position.

“It’s a nice problem to have,” Valdivia said of having two quality goalies.

Truckee plays at Whittell today at 5 p.m.


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