Truckee soccer | Boys blank Elko to advance to regional championship

Steve Puterski
Lahontan Valley News
Steve Puterski / Lahontan Valley NewsTruckee's Jose Sarabia dribbles past an Elko defender during the Wolverines' 5-0 win in a 3A regional soccer match on Friday in Fallon. Truckee will play Sparks at noon on Saturday for the 3A Northern League championship.

FALLON, Nev. and#8212; The Truckee boys’ soccer team rolled past Elko, 5-0, in a 3A regional soccer match on Friday in Fallon.

The Wolverines received goals from Nash McMullen, Johnny Zarate, Fernando Rodriguez, Ruben Diaz and Armando Diaz. Truckee will take on Sparks, a 5-0 winner over Fallon, for the 3A Northern League championship at noon on Saturday.

Truckee secured a state championship berth with the win.

The Wolverines led 1-0 at halftime, after McMullen found the net 19 minutes into the match. Zarate made it 2-0 with a goal 4 minutes into the second half.

Minutes later, Elko’s Christian Rodriguez recieved a red card and the Wolverines never looked back. Truckee tacked on three goals against mostly Elko bench players.

However, a tense moment occurred when Truckee’s Nico Kuyper hit his head awkwardly on the ground in the second half. He was taken to Banner Churchill Community Hospital with a reported neck injury.

Kuyper was placed in a neck brace before the ambulance arrived, and then was boarded with his neck taped down and taken to the hospital. His status was uncertain, although Kuyper was moving his fingers, arms and legs while on the ground.

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