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Truckee boys soccer | Wolverines rally past Whittell

Steve Yingling/Sun News ServiceJose Sarabia blasts a shot on goal during the Wolverines' 3-1 win at Whittell on Thursday.
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Whittell couldnand#8217;t have asked for a much better start to its boysand#8217; soccer match against Truckee on Thursday.

T.J. Kolesnik knocked a shot off the post in the opening minute, and Trevor Fairbank turned a steal into a goal 13 minutes later as the Warriors drew first blood.

But Truckee didnand#8217;t buckle, scoring three unanswered goals for a 3-1 league-opening physical victory at Whittell.



and#8220;As far as being down one goal, I was happy that we responded well,and#8221; said Truckee coach Hernan Valdivia. and#8220;We have a good core of three seniors, so itand#8217;s a relatively young team, so I was happy to see us pick it up.and#8221;

Michael Brixey scored twice and Jose Sarabia added a goal as Wolverines escaped with the two-goal win after tying Whittell in its last visit to Zephyr Cove.




and#8220;They are really skilled and quick, but we made some mistakes,and#8221; said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. and#8220;Our weakside defense on offset plays was poor. We were ball watching.and#8221;

Brixey scored the equalizer at 25:00, beating Whittell goalie Austin Neil with a header just inside the post on a corner kick by Jason Apolinar.

Following a shot on goal by Kolesnik in the 36th minute, Sarabia found the back of then net on a cross, giving Truckee a 2-1 lead.

Truckee (3-2 overall) put away the Warriors in the 71st minute when Brixey deposited a rebound into the net, with Colton Rodrigue setting up the score with his accurate corner kick.

and#8220;We knew that they were going to be tough because they were really up-and-coming last year and playing real physical,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;I think they are going to surprise a lot of people.and#8221;

Neil made 16 saves to keep the Warriors close.

and#8220;Austin was in the right position almost all of the time. We just had some marking problems on the weakside,and#8221; Maltase said.

Truckee is schedule to host Incline on Thursday.


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