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Truckee soccer: Girls rout Dayton to open 3A regionals

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Sylas Wright/Sierra SunTruckee sophomore Erica Sundale sends a pass toward teammates in front of the Dayton goal in the first half of Tuesday's 12-1 win over Dayton.
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TRUCKEE and#8212; Nine different Wolverines scored in a 12-1 rout against Dayton to kick off the Northern 3A Regional Tournament on Tuesday.

Truckee, the top-seeded team in the Sierra League, will play the winner between Fernley (No. 2 Humboldt seed) and Sparks (No. 3 Sierra seed) in a semifinal Friday in Fallon. The regional championship is scheduled for Saturday at noon in Fallon.

Senior Stephanie O’Neil put the Wolverines on the board just 1 minute into Tuesday’s win, while senior Shannon Nicholls posted the 12th and final goal in the 78th minute.

Truckee pressured the Dust Devil goal with a steady barrage of shots throughout the contest, with Nicholls, Mikaela Arnstein and Shauna Day contributing two goals apiece.

and#8220;We always come out hard, no matter what team we’re playing,and#8221; said Nicholls, who also had an assist in the win.

After O’Neil’s score to open the game, Kelsey Porter somehow found the net on a corner kick 3 minutes later. Arnstein then blasted in a goal unassisted in the 12th minute, and Day followed with a fourth goal off a rebound shortly after.

Kelsi Decker pushed the score to 5-0 minutes later, Nicholls made it 6-0 and Allene Kennedy rounded out the first-half scoring with a goal assisted by O’Neil for a 7-0 lead.

and#8220;I thought in tight space we played well,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia, who called up three junior varsity players for the postseason and#8212; Alex Mezger, Sierra Castillo and Katey Hamill, all of whom played Tuesday. and#8220;We made smart decisions not to force the ball forward.and#8221;

Serena Dill opened the second half with a goal assisted by Nicholls, and Arnstein followed with her second goal assisted by Ali Gerrard. Day scored next before the Dust Devils broke through with their lone score in the 72nd minute.

Jordan Tollison answered with Truckee’s 11th goal, and Nicholls capped the scoring with a header off an O’Neil corner kick.

In other first-round action Tuesday, No. 4 Sierra League seed North Tahoe played at top-seeded Spring Creek of the Humboldt League, while second-seeded Incline of the Sierra League hosted third-seeded Lowry of the Humboldt League. Check back for results, which should be posted on the NIAA website (www.niaa.com) as soon as they become available.