Truckee soccer | Arnstein scores 6 goals, sets single-season record |

Truckee soccer | Arnstein scores 6 goals, sets single-season record

Sylas Wright
Truckee senior forward Thomas Arnstein scored six goals Tuesday to increase his season total to 43, which is an NIAA Division I-A record.
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Call it a double hat trick.

Truckee senior Thomas Arnstein, who last week became Truckee’s all-time single-season scoring leader, added six goals to his total in the Wolverines’ 15-0 rout at Dayton on Tuesday.

Arnstein now has 43 goals on the year, which is an NIAA Division I-A record.

That number is likely to grow, as the top-seeded Wolverines will compete in the regional championship tournament this weekend and, if they advance, state the following week.

Plenty of other Truckee players contributed to the win at the winless Dust Devils.

Senior Leo Villa notched a hat trick with three goals, junior Alex Colomenares scored two goals, and Manny Sarabia, Nathan Ariza, Nick Oberriter and Zach Williams added one apiece.

The Wolverines, who last won a state title in 2008, will carry a 15-1 league record into the postseason, and 19-3-2 overall.

Truckee’s girls, who defeated Dayton 20-0 on Tuesday, will enter the regional tournament as a No. 2 seed, at 13-1-2 in league.

Among the best

Not surprisingly, the NIAA record book is filled with names of Truckee and North Tahoe soccer players.

Truckee’s single-season record holder until recently, Scott Eberhardt, is tied for fourth in the Division I-A ranks with 36 goals, while Truckee’s Max Brixey holds the Wolverines’ career scoring record and ranks third among the Division I-A leaders, with 94 goals. Brixey’s 34 goals in 2009 ranks third among Truckee players and seventh in the Division I-A.

With his recent scoring binge, Arnstein moved into fifth place on the Division I-A’s list of career scoring leaders, with 76 goals. Ryan Sniezyk of Faith Lutheran owns both the DI-A career and single-season scoring records, with 101 goals in his career and 42 in 2008.

In the Division III ranks, meanwhile, North Tahoe’s Will Wolford smashed all NIAA scoring records during his time with the Lakers. From 1997 to 2000, Wolford scored a record 165 goals. He scored 83 in only 20 games during the 2000 season. The next highest totals among all divisions is 124 for a career and 58 for a season, both by Danny Musovski of Division I Liberty.

Wolford also recorded 94 career assists and 33 during the 2000 season, both of which are NIAA records.

The Lakers’ Steve Kolos ranks second in the Division III for his 36 goals in 1999, while North Tahoe’s David Common and Mario Cervantes scored 25 and 20, respectively, during the same 1999 season. That North Tahoe team owns the NIAA scoring record among all divisions, with 158 goals. Truckee’s 1996 team ranks second in the NIAA with 156 goals, and the 2012 Truckee team is third with 130.

Also of note, Truckee’s Jesse Fereira scored 27 goals in 2012, current Wolverine Manny Sarabia scored 22 goals last season and Johnny Zarate scored 21 in 2011. Ruben Pacheco of Sparks scored 37 last season, which now ranks third in the Division I-A.

Arnstein’s and Fereira’s six goals in a game is tied for the most in DI-A history.

Girls hold their own

The girls record book is equally loaded with past North Tahoe and Truckee talents.

Truckee’s Becca Shook ranks second in the Division I-A in both career and single-season scoring, with 92 goals between 1997 and 1999 and 65 during the 1999 campaign. Shook once scored eight goals in a game.

Sydney Sladek of Pahrump Valley somehow managed to score 207 goals in her four-year career from 2010 to 2013 and had 78 in 2012. Both totals are far and away the most in NIAA history. Her 10 goals in a game is also an NIAA record.

Truckee’s Jackie Robinson is third on the DI-A’s single-season list with her 59 goals (season unknown).

For the Lakers, Tracie Prado tops the DIII list in career goals, with 154 between 1998 and 2000, while Michelle Prado is second with 53, from 1999 to 2000. Tracie Prado scored a DIII record 56 goals in 1998, and had nine goals in a single game that same season.

The Lakers’ Brittney Bent is second on that list with 31 goals, in 2000, Michelle Prado is third with 29 and North Tahoe’s Cecily Gehring is sixth with 25. Whittell’s Jenny Shapack scored 26 last season.

In team scoring, the Truckee girls hold the NIAA record for their 207 goals in just 18 games in 1998. The North Tahoe girls scored 180 in 21 games in 2000, which ranks second.

All the above numbers are from the NIAA record book, which is available at

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