Truckee soccer dismantles Railroaders
In their first games of the season in the Northern 3A Tahoe League, the Truckee High boys and girls soccer teams ran away with dominating victories over visiting Sparks on Wednesday.
The Truckee girls peppered the back of the Sparks net for an 11-0 win, including a hat trick by freshman Mikaela Arnstein. The Truckee boys followed suit, breaking a 1-1 halftime tie to win 7-1 on the strength of a hat trick and three assists by senior Max Brixey.
From the opening whistle the defending state champs passed circles around an obviously less-experienced Sparks team. Knocking in six goals in the first half, the Wolverine passes were on target, but could have been better, said Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia.
“In the first half we were a little sloppy,” the coach said. “In the second half we picked it up and our possession play was pretty good.”
The Truckee girls only scored five goals in the second half, but their control sharpened with poised play in the midfield. Valdivia felt the focus of the backfield helped lead the way.
“Our defense did a really good job of organizing us as a team,” said Valdivia. “Their performance really made us play better.”
Arnstein led Truckee scorers with three goals while senior Addie Shaffer added two. Hilary Breuner, Stephanie O’Neil, Katie Dill, Kelsi Decker, Kaitlin Cocard and Allison Gerrard each scored one goal.
The win left Truckee with a 4-1 overall record and 1-0 in league.
Starting the boys game, the referees had barely put down their whistles when they had to pull out their score cards, as Brixey scored in the first 35 seconds.
After Brixey’s blinding strike, both teams settled down and played tenaciously. Sparks caught a break in the ninth minute, putting in an equalizer goal that held the score at 1-1 until halftime.
Chasing into the second half, the Wolverines came alive riding the fleet feet of Brixey once again. The Truckee senior sealed a hat trick in the first 10 minutes of the half, scoring back-to-back goals to put Truckee up 3-1. Sparks couldn’t recover from the onslaught of shots and by game’s end the Wolverines had gone up 7-1. Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We showed a lot of patience. The first half was tight, but we kept our cool and moved the ball around,” said Valdivia. “Sparks always plays tough.”
Brixey led Truckee scorers with three goals and three assists, while Brazilian exchange student Egberto Spricigo scored two goals and Raul Cardenas and Salvador Tejeda each put in one. Valdivia said he was particularly impressed with Brixey’s performance.
“Max was a monster today,” the coach said after the game. “He played a complete game ” distributing well, leading from the midfield and dominating up front.”
The win bumped the Wolverines’ record to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in league play, with rival North Tahoe next on the schedule.
“We have a week of practice, then the big game,” said Valdivia. “We’re really looking forward to playing North Tahoe.”
The Truckee boys and girls soccer teams host North Tahoe in Surprise Stadium on Tuesday. The girls start at 3 p.m. and the boys at 5 p.m.
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