Truckee girls soccer team tops formidable foe
The much anticipated battle between girls soccer powerhouses North Tahoe and Truckee looked more lopsided than may have been expected, as Truckee ran away with a 5-1 victory Tuesday on Dollar Hill.
North Tahoe showed it’s youth and inexperience as a unit, while the Wolverines kept the ball moving around consistently and showcased well-timed runs in conjunction with well-placed balls, as well as other more defensive characteristics of a team comfortable and confident with itself.
“They played great,” Truckee coach Amy Valdivia said of her team’s performance. “Before the game they were so nervous, but the girls started loosening up as the game went on.”
The first Truckee goal came in the 10th minute on a corner kick that rebounded out and was finished by freshman Stephanie O’Neil.
North Tahoe kept things close with a well-earned counter attack that showcased the heart, tenacity and speed of senior Laker skipper Cassidy Iverson.
Iverson ran onto a cleared ball in a half-field foot race that ended with a hard-won sliding shot at a low angle, which she pulled back deftly to the far post, proving the danger Iverson possesses in her left foot.
The tie did not stand for long, as Truckee sophomore midfielder Katie Dill scored in the 25th minute. Dill took a neat and clinical first touch off a corner that bobbled through the legs of Laker keeper Joelle Lazzareschi.
Five minutes later, Truckee senior Alexis Fallow converted a well-placed cutback across North Tahoe’s goal to put the Wolverines up 3-1 to end the half.
Fatigue seemed to play in on both sides in the second half, as play deteriorated from both capable squads into boot ball.
Play went back and forth and both teams created good chances, but the score remained until the last 10 minutes when Truckee converted perhaps its best goal of the game.
Sophomore Bernie Nelson sent in a well-placed cross that was converted on a clinical header by junior Lauren O’Neil, who powered the ball into North Tahoe’s net from the top of the six-yard box.
With five minutes to play, Truckee senior Sara Grossman finished off the Lakers by converting a rebound from Lazzareschi, who came out to make a save, leaving Grossman an open goal in which to nail North Tahoe’s coffin shut.
While Valdivia was pleased with her team’s performance, she held that the season is still early.
“Honestly, it’s just a game,”she said. “When we face them again it’s going to be a different team.”
Valdivia said she had been drilling her team on crossing and finishing crosses one touch, so she was very pleased with Grossman’s goal, which she said was exactly what they had been working on.
“I’m very pleased with where we’re at,” Valdivia said.
North Tahoe head coach Kristen Ylander was disappointed, but the problems she saw on the field were not unknown to her.
“I think we’re realizing how new of a team we have,” Ylander said.
Senior North Tahoe captain Hannah Ewing said she was not so mad about the loss, but that her team had a lot of hard work ahead of it in order to realize its goals.
“We’re going to have to work hard and learn to play as a team,” Ewing said.
North Tahoe’s next game is tomorrow at home against Yerington at 3 p.m. Truckee will travel to Spring Creek tomorrow for a 3 p.m. game.
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