Truckee girls soccer | Wolverines shooting for unprecedented four-peat
and#8220;Back-to-back-to-back-to-back.and#8221; It has a nice ring to it if you ask the three-time defending state champion Wolverines.
One more season of what they’ve been doing, and Truckee girls soccer players can pride themselves on becoming the first high school soccer team in Nevada history to win four consecutive state titles.
But as head coach Amy Valdivia warned, accomplishing such an unprecedented feat will not come easy. Not with an even more competitive league across the board in 2010, and with every team in it gunning to take down the champs.
and#8220;It’s always tough because I think every team has their best game against us. They really do,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;And I think right now, with this group, they put a lot of pressure on themselves. They want to win another championship and make history.
and#8220;But we’ve got to remember to go through those baby steps to get there.and#8221;
If the Wolverines do capture a fourth straight title, it’ll be with a decidedly different group than in 2009, despite the fact that only three seniors graduated from that team.
Truckee lost two starting seniors, Jordan Tollison and Ali Gerrard, and two starting juniors, Mikaela Arnstein and Jesse McGinley. Tollison is graduating early and Gerrard quit, Valdivia said, while Arnstein and McGinley aren’t playing because of conflicts with their club soccer teams’ schedules. All but McGinley were All-League selections last season, and with the losses, the Wolverines are without their entire starting midfield from a year ago, Valdivia said.
But not to worry, the coach said, as Truckee is still plenty loaded with skilled players all over the field, including four returning impact seniors.
and#8220;We look good. Different than we’ve had in the past. We’re very young. We’re starting off with the basics, but we have good team chemistry,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;The seniors that we have are stepping up and really are positive leaders.and#8221;
Those seniors include reigning All-State Defensive Player of the Year Kennedy Power, as well as All-State selections Kelsi Decker and Kelsey Porter, and Kali Fallow. The remaining roster breaks down to 10 juniors, including returning strikers Shauna Day and Serena Dill, two sophomores and three freshmen.
and#8220;Right now it’s about getting on the same page,and#8221; said Valdivia, whose team finished 1-2 in the season-opening Howell Memorial Tournament at Galena this past weekend, including a 1-0 loss to league rival Incline. and#8220;There were moments of frantic play during the weekend, and I think that’s the pressure we put on ourselves. So it’s just a matter of settling down, getting back to the basics and playing simple possession. We’ve got to get back to that.and#8221;
About that tougher league this year, the Northern 3A Sierra League gained two members during the offseason and#8212; Dayton from the 3A Sagebrush League and South Tahoe from the 4A. South Tahoe has a tradition of success against large schools, making the 3A Sierra League that much more difficult along with the always competitive North Tahoe and Incline.
and#8220;I love South Tahoe. I’ve been trying to get games with them every year,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;They are a solid team, so I’m so happy they have to play us now. It’s going to make league even more interesting. I think league is going to be a lot tighter this year.and#8221;