Truckee, North Tahoe soccer teams advance past first round
Both Truckee High soccer teams and the North Tahoe girls advanced past the first round of the Northern 3A Regional Tournament on Tuesday, while the North Tahoe boys’ season came to an end with a 3-1 loss to Lowry.
The Regional Tournament continues Friday and Saturday at Lowry High School in Winnemucca.
Truckee’s boys and girls, each seeded No. 1 in the Northern 3A Tahoe League, recorded shutouts against fourth-seeded Dayton of the Sagebrush League. The girls won 9-0 and the boys 7-0.
The games, originally scheduled to be played in Truckee, were held at Galena High School due to stormy weather in the Truckee-Tahoe area.
Nine different players scored for the Truckee girls.
They include Addie Shaffer, Kelsey Porter, Kelsi Decker, Mikaela Arnstein, Serena Dill, Katie Dill, Kaitlin Cocard, Stephanie O’Neil and Annika Deurlington. Porter had two assists, while Decker, Arnstein, both Dills and Deurlington each had one assist. Freshman goalkeeper Jesse McGinley preserved the shutout for the Wolverines.
In the boys game, seniors Max Brixey and Salvador Tejeda led the Wolverines, with Brixey posting three goals and one assist and Tejeda adding two goals and three assists. Michael Brixey also scored two goals for Truckee, while senior goalkeeper Ryan Newland held the Dust Devils scoreless.
Truckee’s boys improved to 20-1-1 on the season, and the girls improved to 20-2.
Despite the storm that covered the North Tahoe field with snow, the No. 2-seeded Laker girls hosted Fernley, which entered as the third seed from the Sagebrush League.
After North Tahoe head coach Courtney Firth cleared the field of snow ” along with a volunteer committee of parents and supporters “the Lakers pounced on the Vaqueros from the start en route to a 6-0 win.
North Tahoe senior Sage Clark scored three goals, Firth said, while Christina Lane, Chelsea Tyler and Taylor Pasavantis each chipped in a goal apiece. Kea Jolicoeur preserved the shutout for the Lakers.
It took more than a few community members to make it happen, as Firth said she was joined in her snow-clearing efforts by parents and fans who voluntarily grabbed shovels and snowplows to help. People even showed up in trucks with plows to help speed up the process, the coach said.
“I was excited to see that much community support and parental support,” said Firth, adding that Fernley’s coach also was impressed with the collaborative effort.
The game, scheduled to start at 3 p.m., got under way about 4 or 4:30, Firth said.
In other Northern 3A Regional Tournament action Tuesday, third-seeded Sparks of the Tahoe League defeated second-seeded and visiting Yerington of the Sagebrush League by a score of 5-1.
In the other game, which was pushed back from Tuesday until Wednesday because of the snow, host Incline (No. 2 seed Tahoe League) defeated Spring Creek (No. 3 seed Sagebrush League) 8-0.
The results set up semifinal contests Friday between Truckee and Sparks at 2 p.m., followed by Incline and Lowry at 6 p.m. The semifinal winners are guaranteed a berth in the State Championship on Nov. 14-15 in Mesquite, Nev.
Saturday’s Northern 3A championship is scheduled for 1 p.m.
On the girls’ side, Incline (No. 3 seed Tahoe League) defeated Lowry (No. 2 seed Sagebrush) 6-1, and Spring Creek (No. 1 seed Sagebrush League) beat Whittell (No. 4 seed Tahoe League) 3-0.
Truckee will play Incline in the first semifinal at noon, and North Tahoe squares off against Spring Creek in the other semifinal game at 4 p.m. Winners earn a State Championship berth while advancing to the Northern 3A Championship on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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