Truckee soccer | Girls draw at defending state champs |

Truckee soccer | Girls draw at defending state champs

Anthony Gentile
Truckee defender Sarah Svoboda fights for position against a South Tahoe attacker in Tuesday's league game, which finished in a tie.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The first meeting between the South Tahoe and Truckee girls soccer teams couldn’t separate the league rivals. The Vikings and Wolverines played to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday at Viking Stadium, trading first-half goals in their league opener.

“Every game against South Tahoe is a rough battle,” Truckee coach Travis Spencer said. “I thought we did well trying to play our game against theirs, and overall I consider it a success coming down here and being able to play our game.”

With its first shot of the game, Truckee (2-1-1 overall) grabbed an early lead. In the eighth minute, Wolverines senior Emma Warren fired a shot from just inside the penalty box that went in under the crossbar to make the score 1-0 — the chance was created off a Vikings’ turnover in their own third.

“We’ve been practicing getting the ball in the net,” Spencer said. “That’s always been a weak part of our game, and for us anything in the first half is good.”

South Tahoe (1-1-1 overall) responded after giving up the early score, and turned consistent pressure into a goal less than 20 minutes later. The Vikings intercepted a Truckee goal kick, and the turnover led to a through-ball that sprung forward Jordyn Dion into the box — her shot was saved, but forward Carli Valney pounced on the rebound in the 26th minute to tie the game 1-1.

“We got one back before halftime and I think it was deserved,” South Tahoe coach Jeremy Evans said. “That’s what Carli brings — she’s been very positive in our scrimmages and early games.”

The teams went into halftime tied despite South Tahoe owning a large advantage in shots. The Vikings had eight shots in the last 24 minutes of the first half, and Truckee’s goal was its only shot in the opening frame.

Defense dominated a scoreless second half that saw most of the possession in the midfield and only a handful of quality scoring chances. Both teams had opportunities to take the lead in the last five minutes — in the 76th minute Vikings midfielder Ally King headed a cross wide of the net off a break, and four minutes later Truckee had a corner kick that was blocked before it reached the 6-yard box.

“To me, a tie is well deserved — the girls should be disappointed, but we also got the result we deserved,” Evans said. “Truckee played well and a lot of our frustration was with their shape — they were in the right spots defensively and we couldn’t find a way to crack them.”

The Vikings and Wolverines meet again on Oct. 17 in Truckee.