Truckee soccer | Boys, girls win playoff openers at home |

Truckee soccer | Boys, girls win playoff openers at home

Sylas Wright
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Sylas Wright/Sierra SunTruckee senior Bryan Reed and a Lowry player contend for a ball in the air during the Wolverines' 6-0 win on Wednesday. Both Truckee squads advanced past the first round of the postseason and will face Elko on Friday in Fallon. To view a photo gallery from Wednesday's game, go to

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Neither Truckee team left any doubt about its Northern 3A regional opener at Surprise Stadium on Wednesday.

Truckee’s girls, seeded No. 1 in the Sierra League, took care of fourth-seeded Fernley of the Humboldt League by a score of 4-1 while the second-seeded Truckee boys followed with a 6-0 win against Lowry (No. 3 Humboldt).

The tournament now moves to Fallon on Friday and Saturday. The Truckee girls will face Elko (No. 2 Humboldt), which defeated Incline 2-0 on Wednesday. Truckee’s boys also will play Elko (No. 1 Humboldt), which edged North Tahoe 4-3 in a shootout after two overtime periods. The top three teams in the boys’ and girls’ tournaments advance to state.

The Wolverines wasted little time getting on the board in the girls’ contest, as senior Kelsi Decker beat a defender with a quick move 10 minutes into the game before burying the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Truckee remained busy on offense the rest of the half, controlling possession while outshooting the Vaqueros 16-0. Yet the goal remained an elusive target as Truckee shots either missed their mark or were not struck solidly and blocked.

In the second half, Decker pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 60th minute when she gathered a pass from Erica Sundale and slotted a rocket shot into the upper corner of the goal.

Seven minutes after Decker’s goal, however, Fernley’s Maria Sanchez sent a high-arcing, angled free kick from 30 yards over the head of freshman goalie Gina Bauerlein, trimming the lead to 2-1.

Despite the narrow margin, the three-time defending state champs didn’t panic.

and#8220;I didn’t feel nervous because I felt like we dominated and frustrated them, and we kept our calm,and#8221; said Truckee senior Kelsey Porter. and#8220;It didn’t seem like we were only up by one goal. It felt like we were winning by a lot more.and#8221;

Shauna Day added an insurance goal in the 74th minute, kicking in the rebound of a shot by Ali Haines, and Haines scored a final goal unassisted in the final two minutes to seal the win. Truckee took 15 shots in the second half to Fernley’s one.

and#8220;I think we played well. We were just not getting the ball in the back of the net today,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia. and#8220;But that’s OK. I’d rather play well like that any day.and#8221;

Fernley coach Piper McCarthy was pleased with the effort of her team, which entered as the No. 4 seed from the Humboldt League, at 10-6-0.

and#8220;That’s some of the best (soccer) we’ve played this year, just to be in it,and#8221; she said. and#8220;We wanted to make it a game, and we did.and#8221;

Truckee, which finished the regular season 11-0-1 in league, improved to 13-2-1 overall.

The boys’ game started and ended much like the girls’, as the Wolverines dominated possession early only to lead 2-0 at the midway point. But like the girls, their shots began connecting in the second half.

Seven minutes into the game, senior Bryan Reed got his head on a corner kick taken by Easel Grass to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead, and Michael Brixey extended the lead to 2-0 in the 32nd minute after receiving a through ball by Jason Apolinar.

The Wolverines then struck with a couple of quick goals coming off the halftime break to take control.

In the 50th minute, Brixey alertly dished off a pass to Jesse Fereira on a free kick before the Buckaroos were set, and Fereira dribbled through the off-guard defense for an easy score. One minute later, Grass and Reed connected again on a corner kick to header, giving Truckee a 4-0 lead.

and#8220;We’ve been working on crossing a lot since I recently moved up to midfield,and#8221; said Reed, a co-captain who used to play sweeper, when asked about the two similar goals off corners.

Jose Sarabia added a goal in the 61st minute off an assist from Jonathan Zarate, and Nash McMullen scored an unassisted goal in the 69th minute on a low shot past the diving Jose Diaz.

and#8220;It was a really good win. It was good to start off zones on the right foot,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia. and#8220;Bryan (Reed) obviously was big, with the two nice headers, and Jason (Apolinar) really played well in the middle. Those two made the difference.and#8221;

The Wolverines improved to 13-6 overall and 10-3 against the Northern 3A.

To view a photo gallery from Wednesday’s regional openers, go to

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