Truckee girls show prowess on the pitch
The Truckee High girls soccer team continues to roll through the Northern 3A, beating a quality Incline club, 4-2, Tuesday in Incline Village.
The two-point margin of victory was the closest the Wolverines have come to losing in league this year ” the next closest was a 3-0 win over Spring Creek last weekend.
It may come as no surprise, then, that Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia was not pleased with her team allowing a pair of goals in an otherwise nearly flawless game.
“I was disappointed to give up the two goals, but we played well,” Valdivia said. … “We gave up the two goals because we got lackadaisical, and (Incline) has good players, and they’ll score.”
Truckee is now 8-2 overall and 5-0 in league.
Senior forward Sara Grossman led the Wolverines with three goals, while fellow senior forward Nicole Oxandaboure put in one.
“(Grossman) was on fire,” Valdivia said of her senior captain. “She’s been on.”
Grossman scored the first two goals of the game on assists from freshman Stephanie O’Neil and junior Lauren O’Neil.
Oxandaboure scored next on an assist from sophomore Katie Dill, and Grossman capped the scoring with her third goal unassisted.
“Our possession was awesome,” Valdivia said, adding that Truckee had 20 shots on goal compared to Incline’s four. “We maintained possession the whole game, so I’m proud of the girls.”
Although Grossman accounted for three of Truckee’s four goals Tuesday, many Wolverines have contributed offensively on the season. Valdivia is glad to see the balanced scoring.
“That’s been the difference this year. We’re an offensive powerhouse,” the coach said. “There are a lot of girls who can score. We don’t really rely on one or two girls, like we have the past couple years.”
In addition to the solid play on offense, the Wolverines have also played well defensively, Valdivia said. In particular, senior sweeper Nikki Panziera has been stellar of late.
“She was just amazing,” Valdivia said of Panziera’s game on Tuesday. “Any time the ball got through our defense she was there. She had an incredible game. But she’s having an incredible season, so we’ve come to expect that of her.”
Truckee plays at Dayton Saturday at 11 a.m.
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