Truckee soccer | Boys, girls lose in state semifinal rounds |

Truckee soccer | Boys, girls lose in state semifinal rounds

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Martin Harris/Elko Daily Free PressNash McMullen gets a head on the ball during the Wolverines' 1-0 overtime loss to Sparks in a 3A state semifinal on Friday in Mesquite. Truckee's girls lost 3-0 to South Tahoe in their semifinal.

TRUCKEE and#8212; The Truckee boys’ and girls’ soccer teams ended their seasons with losses in the semifinal round of the 3A State Championship tournament in Mesquite this past weekend.

Truckee’s girls, which were seeking a fourth consecutive state title and ninth total, lost 3-0 to their newest league rival, South Tahoe. The Truckee boys lost a heartbreaker in overtime, 1-0, against Sparks.

and#8220;It was pretty tough,and#8221; boys’ head coach Hernan Valdivia said of the loss. and#8220;We played a really good game. The first half was pretty evenly matched, and then we definitely came out and controlled most of the second half. We just couldn’t get that elusive goal.and#8221;

After battling through regulation in a scoreless tie, the Railroaders’ Marco Pintor took a pass from Kevin Partida five minutes into the overtime period and buried the game-winning goal.

and#8220;We played well enough to win,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;We had several chances to put them away. We just couldn’t score.and#8221;

The one-point loss marked the second in six days against Sparks, as the Railroaders defeated the Wolverines 3-2 the previous week to earn the Northern Region title and top seed in the state tournament. Truckee, which entered state as the North’s No. 2 seed, finished the year 14-8 overall.

and#8220;In general it was a very positive season,and#8221; said Valdivia, whose boys were going for a seventh state championship and first since 2008. and#8220;I had a really good time, and the boys showed tremendous improvement as the year went on. We had some good moments.and#8221;

Sparks went on to lose 3-1 to South Tahoe in the championship the next day as the Vikings earned their third-ever title, and first as a member of the 3A.

The Vikings earned the regular-season championship before the Railroaders defeated them in the regional tournament, sending South Tahoe to state as a third seed. Valdivia, who stayed to watch the championship game, said being the third seed from the North played into South Tahoe’s favor, because the Vikings breezed past the traditionally weaker Southern qualifier, Boulder City, in their semifinal while the Railroaders had to spend more energy in their hard-fought win against Truckee.

and#8220;At the beginning of the season there were three teams that could have won it, and all three of them were right there,and#8221; Valdivia said, referring to Truckee, South Tahoe and Sparks.

Truckee’s girls won the regular-season championship before running into trouble against South Tahoe in the regional and state championship tournaments.

The Vikings defeated the Wolverines twice within a week’s span, shutting out the three-time defending champs 3-0 Friday in the state semifinal and 4-0 the previous week in the regional final. South Tahoe scored all three goals in the second half.

Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia said that while her players were upset after the loss, she was proud of her team and the way it played in its final game.

and#8220;I’m OK with (the loss), more so than I’ve been in any year past. We played hard and lost to South Tahoe,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;We gave our best effort. We left everything on the field, and you can’t ask for anything more than that.and#8221;

The Vikings snapped the scoreless drought in the opening five minutes of the second half before tacking on two more goals.

and#8220;They took advantage of every opportunity. South Tahoe did a really great job,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;They played with energy and finished when they had a chance.and#8221;

Truckee finished the season 14-4-1 overall. The Wolverines entered the playoffs 11-0-1 in their league, with a 2-2 tie and a 4-2 win against the Vikings during the regular season.

and#8220;I think I’m more proud of this team than any other team I’ve coached at Truckee High, just because if you think back to the start of the season at the Galena Tournament to where they ended, our team was unrecognizable,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;We really became a team.and#8221;

South Tahoe went on to defeat Elko 2-0 the next day to earn the school’s first state championship in girls’ soccer.

and#8212; Information for this article was used from the Daily Sparks Tribune.

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