Truckee soccer | Boys, girls open league play with shutout wins
TRUCKEE and#8212; The Truckee High soccer teams took care of business with a pair of shutout wins against Whittell in their home openers at Surprise Stadium on Tuesday.
Truckee’s boys got things started with a 5-0 win, while the girls followed with a 4-0 victory.
Whittell goalie Austin Neil had his work cut out for him in the boys’ game as the Wolverines (4-2) constantly pressured the Warriors’ goal from the onset.
But after the keeper made numerous saves in the opening 30 minutes, Truckee finally broke through in the 32nd minute when Jesse Fereira beat a diving Neil with a breakaway shot to his right.
Fereira added a second goal about a minute later, as he gathered a pass from Austin Simonpietri and blasted a shot through traffic and into the back of the net from 30 yards out.
Truckee sophomore Rolando Zarate pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 55th minute with a goal assisted by Jose Sarabia. Sarabia then extended the lead to 4-0 with an unassisted goal in the 67th minute, and Rubin Diaz rounded out the scoring with another goal assisted by Sarabia about one minute later.
and#8220;I’m very excited about the win,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Casey Eberhardt. and#8220;We wanted to come out strong, and we did.and#8221;
The score could have easily swelled to a larger margin had Neil not been on his game, making one quick-reflex save after another.
and#8220;We definitely should have had more than five goals,and#8221; Eberhardt said. and#8220;He (Neil) had a lot of good saves for them.and#8221;
The girls’ game started out sluggishly with a relatively uneventful first half.
While the Wolverines (2-3) controlled possession the majority of the time, the Warriors spoiled a number of scoring opportunities with aggressive defense and solid goalkeeping by Brittany Boulet.
After a couple of early saves by Boulet in the opening minutes, Shauna Day broke the scoreless tie in the 12th minute when a hand ball inside the box awarded her a free kick that she converted.
The Wolverines began attacking the goal with more regularity in the second half, as Sierra Castillo sent a high-arcing shot over the outstretched reach of Boulet from 25 yards out in the 53rd minute, pushing the score to 2-0. Truckee struck again just a couple minutes later, this time on a corner kick from Day to Ali Haines.
Truckee scored a fourth goal in the 75th minute on an angled shot off the foot of Maison Power. Like in the boys’ game, however, the Wolverines could have easily scored more had it not been for several nice saves combined with some errant shots.
Nevertheless, Truckee head coach Katie Jamison was pleased with the win.
and#8220;Our passing definitely improved,and#8221; she said. and#8220;We’re running a different formation than we have in the past, and it’s been a little rough, but today it began to come together.and#8221;