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Truckee soccer | Girls shut out by South Tahoe in regional title game

Steve Yingling
Sun News Service

FALLON, Nev. and#8211; Truckee can take credit for creating the monster that won the Northern Nevada 3A Regional girlsand#8217; soccer championship.

The Wolverines ignited South Tahoeand#8217;s postseason run with a 4-2 win over the Vikings back in October.

On Saturday at Churchill County High, the Vikings exacted some revenge for their only defeat with a 4-0 trouncing of the Wolverines in regional finals.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s good, but we have Mesquite, so we have to look forward to that,and#8221; said South Tahoe defender Maddison Bowman.

A collective defensive effort limited the Wolverines to few high-percentage scoring chances, and the Vikings repeatedly beat Truckee players to free balls and contested those that were already possessed.

and#8220;Weand#8217;ve really turned it around as a defense, and we work well together. Weand#8217;re always talking,and#8221; Bowman said. and#8220;We have to stay focused. Itand#8217;s like forgive and forget about mistakes.and#8221;

In the end, it was a dominant performance that South Tahoe coach Chris DeLeon has come to expect of his players.

and#8220;We always think we can win,and#8221; DeLeon said. and#8220;The confidence level is there. Weand#8217;re not going to get outplayed anymore. Itand#8217;s done and over with. Since that loss, itand#8217;s been a great turnaround.and#8221;

and#8220;Weand#8217;ve figured out the puzzle, but thereand#8217;s still more to go.and#8221;

Barely five minutes into the final, the Vikings seized control when senior Ali Palacios squeezed a shot between Truckee keeper Gina Bauerlein and the near post on a tough angle along the back line.

and#8220;It was good to get the first goal because I think a lot of us didnand#8217;t go into the match thinking we were going to do well,and#8221; said Palacios, who was in tears afterward after realizing the region title in her senior year.

The score remained 1-0 at the break, but South Tahoeand#8217;s best offense was yet to come. Enter Brooke King, who was recently promoted from the unbeaten junior varsity team. King scored three goals in the final 40 minutes as South Tahoe finished off a regional title a year after taking runner-up to Douglas in the 4A regional.

and#8220;We came out flat and just couldnand#8217;t get out of it,and#8221; said Truckee coach Amy Valdivia. and#8220;Effort and heart were the big difference between us. They were winning 50-50 balls and going to everything.and#8221;

King began her second-half hat trick by deflecting in a long free kick by Lauren Pickering in the 53rd minute. With Truckee pushing its defense up in search of offense, King twice got free for goals. In the 73rd minute she made a steal and her 15-yard blast created a 3-0 South Tahoe lead. Minutes later, King got behind the Truckee defense again and beat the keeper to the right side for a 4-0 lead. In the final seconds, King nearly added a fourth goal but missed an open shot to the right of the goal

and#8220;Iand#8217;m proud of her. Sheand#8217;s really going to be a really big asset to the team next year,and#8221; Palacios said.

Truckee outshot South Tahoe 21-19 and both teams were issued two yellow cards.

Oddly, the Northern region finalists will meet again in one of Fridayand#8217;s two state semifinals in Mesquite. The match is tentatively set for 6 p.m.

and#8220;We saw the celebration they did afterwards. That image is burned in our minds, and weand#8217;re ready to go Friday to face them again,and#8221; Valdivia said.

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