Truckee soccer: Boys take down Yerington in playoff opener
Senior Abel Islas scored three goals and Michael Brixey two goals to power the Wolverines past host Yerington, 8-0, in their opening game of the Northern 3A Regional Tournament on Tuesday.
and#8220;We played really well as a collective unit,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia, whose Wolverines are seeded third from the Sierra League. and#8220;Everybody played well. They moved the ball well and worked hard, which was nice to see.and#8221;
The win set up a semifinal against top-seeded league rival Incline on Friday at 2 p.m., when the tournament moves to Churchill County High School (Fallon) for the final two days.
The boysand#8217; regional championship is scheduled for Saturday at noon, and the third-place game at 10 a.m. The top three teams qualify for the state championship.
Truckee jumped out to an early lead Tuesday with two goals in the first 10 minutes, while its defense held the second-seeded Lions of the Humboldt League in check throughout the contest.
and#8220;Our defense was real solid,and#8221; Valdivia said, adding that Ben Brown and Reed McMullen played particularly well. and#8220;We limited them to three real shots on goal the whole game.and#8221;
Valdivia said Islas played perhaps his best complete game of the season, picking up an assist to go along with his hat trick (three goals). Besides Islas and Brixey, Truckee received a goal apiece from Clayton Hamill, Jesse Avila-Villa and Jesse Fereira.
For more information about the Northern 3A Regional Tournament, including brackets, check the NIAA website at http://www.niaa.com.