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Truckee shuts out two league opponents

Sierra Sun Staff

Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ soccer coach Larry Leatherman has to figure two wins to start off league play isn’t too bad.

Battle Mountain and Spring Creek left Truckee last weekend with a loss for each of their teams, including boys and girls.

Truckee beat Battle Mountain Friday 7-0.

The game started with both teams beginning their attacks at midfield and both defenses keeping the ball away from any attempts on goal.

Eighteen minutes into the game, Wes Thelen took a pass from Jim Leatherman and found the net from the left side for a goal.

Minutes later, Diego Olmedo passed to Kyle Barth, who hit a 25-yard shot into the upper left corner of the net.

Leatherman finished the half with a shot off a pass from Peter Kenelly.

Truckee scored its fourth goal two minutes into the second half with Taylor Greene scoring an unassisted goal.

Battle Mountain helped Truckee by deflecting a Leatherman shot into its own goal.

Greene added another from an Olmedo pass and Thelen kicked in a penalty shot to finish the scoring for Truckee.

Battle Mountain had five shots in Truckee’s goal.

“The defense was tight and Gabe Valle (keeper) scooped up all possible balls,” Leatherman said.

On Saturday, Truckee defeated Spring Creek 5-0, just after Spring Creek earned a 2-0 victory against North Tahoe the previous day.

Greene scored the first Truckee goal off a breakaway pass from Thelen just 1:18 into the game.

Thelen put Truckee up by two on a successful penalty kick 22 minutes into play.

As the half came to a close, Olmedo found Antuan Cannon on a run to the far post and put a shot in to give Truckee the 3-0 lead at the half.

In the second half, Leatherman found Thelen for the fourth goal and Barth passed to Greene for a goal which ended the game.

The defense of Juan Aguilar, Curtis Donaldson, Ken Jacobs and Gene Moniz continued its shutout streak of nine games.

“Tom Hernandez has demonstrated control over the midfield area with great passing and control,” Leatherman said.

“We played a great game and displayed great soccer tactics.”

Truckee played North Tahoe Tuesday after press time.

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