Truckee soccer: Girls, boys draw against Vikings
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe girls soccer team delivered one of its best performances of the season against rival Truckee on Tuesday, but ultimately didn’t come away with the result it wanted. The Vikings tied Truckee 1-1 at Viking Stadium, a result that gives the Wolverines the inside track to the league championship.
“I liked the way that we played, mainly because of the intensity,” Vikings coach Mark Salmon said. “We just wanted it, and it’s rare to see the girls put that much energy into the match — it shows that if they do that every single time, we’re the team to beat.”
South Tahoe (12-1-2 league) bounced back from an early deficit to tie the match late in the first half before both teams played to a scoreless stalemate after the break. The draw leaves Truckee (13-1-1) two points ahead of the Vikings in the Northern Division I-A standings with one match to play.
“It’s a very good result, considering we have the inside track to finish No. 1 in league,” Truckee coach Kyle Kelly said. “We’re pretty stoked on it.”
The Vikings controlled play from the opening kickoff, but it was the Wolverines who scored first. On the counterattack, Truckee forward Ava Seelenfreund took a through-ball to set up a one-on-one against South Tahoe goalkeeper Claudia Janese — the freshman caught a charging Janese out of the goal and hit a shot past her from 20 yards out that made it 1-0 in the 16th minute.
“The only chances they seemed to have were when we’d make a mistake and they’d look to counterattack,” Salmon said. “They did that well, and they’re dangerous.”
With the first half coming to a close, South Tahoe pulled even. Vikings forward Kenya Maltase received the ball with her back to goal just outside the 18-yard box, turned and fired a shot that snuck into the lower left corner of the net past Truckee goalkeeper Izzy Abarno in the 37th minute — both teams went into the break tied 1-1.
After halftime, South Tahoe controlled play and had a majority of the scoring chances — but couldn’t find the back of the net. Truckee spent most of the last 40 minutes playing on its side of the field, and held for the tie on despite the Vikings’ consistent pressure.
South Tahoe had six shots in the opening nine minutes of the second half, including a handful of near-goals. Two minutes after kickoff, Desi Benavidez fired a shot that hit off the right post, and the rebound went to Maltase in front of goal — but Maltase mishit the ball, and Annie Brejc shot the resultant loose ball over the crossbar.
“South Tahoe came out really well today and they played a full game,” Kelly said. “That’s tough for anybody to play against.”
Boys draw even
The Truckee and South Tahoe boys — just as they did in their first meeting on Sept. 30 — played to an action-packed, 3-3 draw in Truckee on Tuesday.
The Vikings (7-1-7) struck first and carried a 1-0 lead into the half.
“In the first half we were a little slow getting into it,” said Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt, whose Wolverines were 9-4-2 in league entering their final regular-season game against Lowry on Thursday. “But once we started controlling the middle with about 15 minutes left in the first half, things opened up for us. We were able to keep it going in the second half and came out really hard.”
Junior Manuel Sarabia evened the score five minutes into the second frame with a goal assisted by Oscar Ingnez. Sophomore Christian LaPoint, fresh after being called up from JV, then gave Truckee a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute with an assist from Sarabia.
The Vikings battled back and tied the score five minutes later on a corner kick.
The Wolverines regained the lead once more in the 63rd minute when Sarabia buried his second goal, assisted by Jose Gonzalez. The lead stuck until the waning minutes, when South Tahoe again tied the score with a deflection goal off of a corner kick.
“All in all it was a great game,” Eberhardt said.
Both Truckee and South Tahoe had already secured berths in the Northern Division I-A regional championship, which will be held in Elko on Nov. 5-7 and will include the top six teams in the league.
— Sun Sports Editor Sylas Wright contributed to this story.