Truckee seeks revenge
Arguably, Tahoe-Truckee’s loss to the North Tahoe Lakers earlier this season was an inspiration. The loss was a wake-up call and the Wolverines focused.
If that’s the case, then what’s the effect of the win against North Tahoe in the regular season’s finale? Well … the Truckee boys are state championship-bound with pep and are bent on a tie breaker.
The Wolverines barreled through the first round of the NIAA/U.S. Bank 3A State Soccer Playoffs by shutting down the Bishop Manogue Miners, 3-0, on Friday at Surprise Stadium.
The Wolverines outshot the Miners 22-11 and Gabe Valle, Truckee’s goalkeeper, recorded his 13th shutout of the season.
The Wolverines made it look easy against the formidable Manogue squad.
Slipping past Manogue defenders, Elias Silver took a pass from Travis Spencer and scored Truckee’s first goal nine minutes and 30 seconds into the first half.
At the 22-minute mark, Gustavo Candiotto received a pass from Antuan Cannon and kicked a well placed ball into the corner of the goal, giving the Wolverines a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
Truckee scored its third goal 1:30 into the second half. Cannon took a diagonal pass from Silver and kicked it through
With the win, the Wolverines advance to the semifinal round of the playoffs. On Friday, the Truckee boys will travel to Spring Creek to play against Meadows. A win in the semifinals would secure a spot in the state championship where the team could face North Tahoe in a repeat of last year’s state championship.
North Tahoe plays Whittell on Friday. The Lakers beat the Warriors earlier in the season, 3-1.
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The Truckee boys’ soccer team shutout its third straight opponent on Saturday, taking a 5-0 win at home against Dayton.