Truckee soccer | Girls run into tough Pahrump Valley team in state semifinal |

Truckee soccer | Girls run into tough Pahrump Valley team in state semifinal

Sylas Wright
Truckee senior Kaylee "Ned" Neill was a strong force in Friday's state semifinal loss.
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DAYTON — The Truckee girls soccer team scored 89 goals in 23 games this season. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, their offensive production dried up in Friday’s Division I-A state semifinal in Dayton.

Truckee ran into a fast and talented Pahrump Valley team riding a 21-game win streak. Despite some promising moments, the Wolverines never got on the board as the Trojans advanced to the state final with a 2-0 win.

“I feel like we did leave it all out on the field,” Truckee coach Katie Jamison said, after consoling her players. “That’s all you can ask for, is to put your heart and soul into the game, and we did today.”

South Tahoe, which advanced past Faith Lutheran, 2-1, in their semifinal, went on to edge Pahrump Valley, 2-1, for the title, ending the Trojans’ 22-game streak.

After a relatively even start Friday evening, the Trojans began threatening the Truckee goal with runs by its speedy midfielders and forwards.

They broke through in the 18th minute on a corner kick that hit off Truckee goalie Paulina Thrasher’s hands and trickled into the goal.

Pahrump Valley kept up the pressure. Ten minutes later, the Trojans found the back of the net again on another run that started in the midfield.

“They definitely have some speed,” Jamison conceded of the Trojans.

The Wolverines strengthened their back-line play in the second half, holding Pahrump Valley scoreless. But their offense never materialized, despite the hard work up top by seniors Kaylee “Ned” Neill and Quinn Parker.

“We tried to restructure our defense at the half, and it worked pretty well, but it was hard to transition out of it,” Jamison said. “Our forwards battled. They just needed some support.”

Truckee, which finished the year 16-6-1 overall and 14-4-1 against the Division I-A, loses seven seniors to graduation — Neill, Parker, Cassandra Sawyer, Maison Power, Karina Rivera, Melisa Pena and Claire Roberts. The Wolverines return many quality players, however, while they will gain a large handful of JV standouts.

“The girls came really far as a team this year,” Jamison said. “We were able to end the season with strong players on the field and on the bench. When a coach has a tough time deciding who to put out there at this point in the season, that says a lot about their talent, ability and drive.”

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