Truckee soccer | Boys run win streak to eight
NORTHERN I-A BOYS SOCCER
Team League Pts.
Truckee 5-0-1 16
Sparks 5-1-0 15
South Tahoe 4-1-0 12
Fallon 3-2-1 10
Elko 3-3-0 9
Spring Creek 2-4-0 6
Lowry 2-2-2 8
Fernley 0-5-0 0
Dayton 0-6-0 0
Note: Top 4 advance to playoffs
The Truckee boys soccer team is officially rolling.
Since opening the season with a 5-5 tie at Lowry — with a large chunk of the team sitting out — the Wolverines have won eight straight games to improve to 8-0-1 overall and 5-0-1 in Northern Division I-A play.
The Truckee squad outscored its last three opponents 11-1 on the road this past Friday through Monday, defeating Elko 3-0, Spring Creek 4-1 and North Tahoe 4-0.
At Elko on Friday, the Wolverines dominated the first half in most statistics. They controlled possession of the ball for the majority of the opening 40 minutes; they had more shots, more corner kicks and eventually more goals.
Truckee got on the scoreboard at the 13th minute. Truckee’s Thomas Arnstein beat the defense and sent the ball to the far post away from the Elko keeper. Arnstein made it 2-0 with a score at the 21st minute, assisted by Manuel Sarabia.
The Indians’ defense held up to keep the Wolverines from blowing the game open in the first half. Truckee had a shot hit off the crossbar, and Elko keeper Osvaldo Mendoza came up with a few key saves.
Elko’s defense also kept Truckee from capitalizing on corner kick opportunities. The Wolverines had six corner kicks in the first half, and the Indians turned them away each time. Truckee had four more corner kicks in the second half and did not capitalize. Elko did not have a corner kick during the contest.
In the second half, the Wolverines made it 3-0 off the foot of Leo Villa, who netted his score at about the 55th minute.
Offensively, the Indians (3-2 league, 3-4 overall) picked up the intensity in the second half, but it was too late to make an impact. Both teams had approximately the same number of shots on goal in the second half, but the Tribe could not break up the shutout.
The following day at neighboring Spring Creek, the Wolverines jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 33 minutes and cruised to the win.
Villa initiated the scoring with a goal assisted by Arnstein in the fifth minute. Nick Oberriter followed with Truckee’s second score, assisted by Nathan Ariza, and Alex Colomenares scored unassisted to push the lead to 3-0. Arnstein put in the Wolverines’ fourth goal in the second half.
Spring Creek got a goal back right before halftime, as a Truckee player deflected a Spartan corner kick into the Wolverine net.
Truckee then took on North Tahoe in the first nonleague matchup in years between the old rivals.
Arnstein put the Wolverines on the board in the 11th minute, using an assist by Jordan Fereira, and Fereira made it 2-0 with a goal assisted by Rolando Zarate just five minutes later. Sarabia scored early in the second half to extend the lead to 3-0, and Colomenares scored the final goal shortly after. Zarate assisted the final three scores.
Truckee, which remains one game ahead of Sparks (5-1-0) in the league standings, plays at Fernley on Tuesday and hosts Fallon on Friday at 4 p.m.
— Martin Harris and Blake Samanas of the Elko Daily Free Press contributed to this report.
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