Truckee soccer | Girls catch fire in second half to advance to regional final
Sun News Service
FALLON, Nev. and#8212; After battling to a 0-0 halftime tie with Elko, the Truckee girls’ soccer team caught lightning in a bottle in the second half.
The Wolverines scored four goals in route to a 4-0 win in the semifinals of the 3A NIAA Girls Northern Region soccer tournament on Friday in Fallon. Truckee was lifted by two goals from Olivia Duner while Kennedy Power and Kelsi Decker each added scores to propel the Wolverines into Saturday’s championship game against South Tahoe. South Tahoe beat Fallon, 3-1.
Fallon and Elko will meet for third place, with the winner qualifying for next week’s state tournament in Mesquite. Truckee and South Tahoe earned state berths with their wins on Friday.
and#8220;I think our girls played quick possession passes,and#8221; Truckee coach Amy Valdivia said. and#8220;I think that was huge. We did a lot of touches and crosses.and#8221;
Truckee used its height on offense to gain an advantage inside the box. About 10 minutes into the second half, the Wolverines’ Kali Fallow drilled a free kick into the box and found the head of Duner, who flicked the ball past Indians goalkeeper Hannah Knight.
Elko hung in with Truckee until the final minutes of the match when Kelsey Porter crossed a pass to Power, who fired home the second goal. Two minutes later, Allene Kennedy sent a pass to Duner, who turned and slammed a shot past Knight for a 3-0 lead. Truckee capped the scoring in the final seconds with a 25-yard blast from Decker.
and#8220;We finished our crosses,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;It wasn’t one of our strengths at the beginning of the year.and#8221;
Elko had trouble organizing its offense, but when it did, Michele Ygoa came up strong. Ygoa sent three corner kicks into the Wolverines’ box, but each time Truckee was able to clear. Early in the second half, Ygoa blasted a shot from 35 yards out, which whistled over the crossbar and out of danger for Truckee.
Elko’s best chance came midway through the second half when Anna DuBois sent a free kick into the box and popped loose from Truckee keeper Gina Bauerlein. Jordan Kerns cradled the loose ball, then sent a pass to Adriana Shurtz, whose shot went wide.
and#8220;We held them up until that direct free kick and our heart kind of dwindled away,and#8221; Elko coach Michelle Gandolfo said. and#8220;They pretty much gave up that last eight to 10 minutes.and#8221;
Saturday’s matchups will see four teams who battled for their respective league titles and#8212; Truckee and South Tahoe in the title game, and Elko and Fallon for third place for the final spot in the state tournament.
The Wolverines went 1-0-1 against South Tahoe and#8212; with a 4-2 win on Oct. 14 and#8212; while Elko and Fallon split their season series with one win apiece. The Truckee-South Tahoe match is a preview of the state semifinal match, while the Elko-Fallon winner gets the champion from the south.
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