Truckee girls soccer team splits in tourney |

Truckee girls soccer team splits in tourney

Staff reports

The lady Wolverines soccer team began the 2006 season with a 2-2 record, losing to 4A Galena in the semifinal game of the Galena Tournament over the weekend.

Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia was impressed with her team’s effort.

“Our team chemistry was great this early in the season,” Valdivia said. “The younger players really stepped up and did an amazing job.”

Galena, which beat South Tahoe in the final game to win the tournament, eliminated Truckee 1-0 in a shootout in the semifinal.

Truckee beat Reno 2-1 to advance to the semifinal. Senior Sara Grossman scored both goals for the Wolverines and Sam Deen picked up an assist.

The Wolverines won the first game of the tournament 2-0 against Bishop Manogue before dropping the second game 3-2 in a shootout against Reed. Truckee advanced after the loss to Reed on a wild card determined by goal differential, Valdivia said.

Deen, a senior who missed all of last season because of a knee injury, scored each of Truckee’s two goals against both Bishop Manogue and Reed to lead her team in scoring (4).

Truckee senior Nikki Panziera played every minute of the tournament and “played incredibly defense,” Valdivia said. Freshman Stephanie O’Neal would have played the entire time had she not come out of a game once because of a bloody nose.

Valdivia said Mimi Precit and Lauren O’Neil also played well, as did Addie Shaffer.

“Everyone got (playing) time,” Valdivia said. “A lot of people definitely stepped up.”

The Wolverines play at Whittell today at 3 p.m.