Truckee girls soccer routs Incline on road
It didn’t take long for the Truckee High girls soccer team to put a stranglehold on Incline during Tuesday’s match.
Less than three minutes, actually.
Powered by two quick goals from Kelsi Decker and Annika Deurlington, and five goals in all in the first half, the visiting Wolverines cruised to an easy 7-0 win over their cross-Basin rivals Tuesday.
“It was really nice to see we got started off very quickly,” said Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia. “We really only had a slow start in the North Tahoe game, and it looked like when we were warming up (Tuesday) we weren’t too into it. But the girls really came out ready to play.”
Truckee improved to 8-1 on the season with the win.
The Wolverines controlled much of the possession in the first half, including both opening-match goals from Decker and Deurlington. Decker’s goal came in the second minute off an Addie Shaffer assist, and Deurlington’s came in the third minute off a Katie Dill assist.
“We looked like absolute crap in the first half,” said Incline head coach John Paganelli. “For some reason I can’t explain, we’ve been coming out flat in our games. We came out a bit nervous, and we let them take us right out of our game.”
Dill scored an unassisted goal in the 14th minute to give Truckee a 3-0 lead. Stephanie O’Neil made it 4-0 in the 19th minute, as she scored off a Kelsey Porter assist. Shaffer finished the first-half scoring in the 32nd minute, knocking in a Kaitlin Cocard assist.
“It was definitely a possession game, especially in the first, and we controlled it well,” said Valdivia. “We were passing well in unison and getting the ball through well for a lot of breakaways.”
Incline (3-2) toughened in the second half, coming away with a few scoring chances. Most of the Highlanders’ shots sailed wide or over the cross bar, and Truckee goalkeeper Jesse McGinley wasn’t tested much in the match.
Shaffer scored her second goal of the match in the 48th minute, scoring off an assist from Deurlington to give Truckee a 6-0 advantage. Shannon Nicholls wrapped up the scoring in the 65th minute, knocking in a pass from O’Neil.
Truckee had several more breakaways in the second half, but Incline junior goalkeeper Sarah Scott made many diving saves. Scott, normally a midfielder for Incline, injured herself in warmups and played most of the game in goal.
Starting goalkeeper Ashley Donaldson, herself hampered by a knee injury, took Scott’s spot in the midfield. Injuries aside, Paganelli said Incline simply was outplayed.
“Truckee is a very good team; they played extremely well and they were definitely the better team,” he said.
The Truckee girls soccer team scored seven goals in their rout of Incline High School Tuesday in Incline, including two goals before three minutes had passed on the game clock.
Kelsi Decker, from Addie Shaffer (2′)
Annika Deurlington, from Katie Dill (3′)
Katie Dill, unassisted (14′)
Stephanie O’Neil, from Kelsey Porter (19′)
Addie Shaffer, from Kaitlin Cocard (32′)
Addie Shaffer, from Annika Deurlington (48′)
Shannon Nicholls, from Stephanie O’Neil (65′)