Truckee girls’ soccer | Wolverines beat Incline, improve to 2-0 in league |

Truckee girls’ soccer | Wolverines beat Incline, improve to 2-0 in league

Sylas Wright/Sierra SunTruckee senior Kelsi Decker controls the ball in the midfield during the second half of the Wolverines' 4-2 win against Incline on Thursday.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; In typical fashion for a Truckee-Incline girls’ soccer game, the Wolverines and Highlanders swapped several shifts in momentum before host Truckee pulled away in the second half for a 4-2 win on Thursday.

The three-time defending champion Wolverines improved to 2-0 in the Northern 3A Sierra League and 3-2 overall with the win, while Incline dropped to 0-2 in league and 1-3-1 overall.

Both coaches thought their team outplayed the other on Thursday and#8212; a game in which Truckee took an early 2-0 lead before watching it evaporate with a goal late in the first half and another early in the second.

and#8220;It was a little closer than I wanted, and a lot closer than I thought it should have been,and#8221; said Truckee coach Amy Valdivia, whose team responded with two unanswered goals down the stretch to seal the win.

Incline coach John Paganelli said he thought his team should have come away with the win and#8212; a feat the Highlanders achieved in the season-opening Howell Memorial Tournament late last month.

and#8220;It’s kind of frustrating when you control 60 to 70 percent of the game and still lose,and#8221; he said. and#8220;But I thought the girls played well. I thought Truckee played well, too. Their speed demon (Kelsi Decker) burned us a couple times. But I’m proud of the girls. They did great.and#8221;

Kelsi Decker and Shauna Day inflicted the damage for the Wolverines, scoring two goals apiece, while Misha Gehring and Emily Hanna each scored a goal for the Highlanders.

Decker and Day teamed up to record the first goal of the game, as Decker unselfishly dished off a last-second cross to the streaking Day, who tapped it into the open right side of the net for a quick 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. Decker then buried a breakaway sent forward by Kelsey Porter in the 15th minute to give her team a 2-0 lead.

The Highlanders answered back in the 27th minute when Gehring knocked in the rebound off a corner kick taken by Hanna, cutting the lead in half. Then, just 45 seconds after the halftime break, Hanna tied the score with a goal assisted by Chloe Breider.

and#8220;I think we let our guard down a little bit,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;I think we had a little bit of a communication breakdown on both their goals.and#8221;

About 5 minutes after the tying goal, Day scored from close range on an assist by Olivia Duner. Decker then added a fourth goal on a breakaway in the 61st minute to help cushion the lead.

and#8220;We played hard,and#8221; Paganelli said. and#8220;We made a few mistakes, and so did they. But we didn’t capitalize, and they did.and#8221;

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