Truckee soccer | Girls win, boys lose against South Tahoe
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8211; There was no love lost on the field Thursday between the Truckee and South Tahoe boys’ soccer teams.
Visiting South Tahoe eked out a 1-0 Sierra League win in a physical and#8211; and sometimes chippy and#8211; contest that drew nine total penalty cards, including three that led to ejections.
and#8220;That’s the second physical game we’ve had with them that was decided by one goal,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia, whose Wolverines lost 1-0 at South Tahoe in the teams’ first league meeting. and#8220;I felt like we played well enough to win the game. We just didn’t make the most of our opportunities, especially in the first half.and#8221;
With the loss Truckee fell to 6-2 in the Sierra League, while South Tahoe ran its undefeated league record to 9-0.
Thursday’s game could have gone either way.
and#8220;It was a great, intense, tough game,and#8221; said South Tahoe coach Bill Spicer. and#8220;I think it prepares both of us for the playoffs. We’ll definitely see each other again.and#8221;
Truckee applied pressure on the South Tahoe goal for much of the opening 40 minutes only to fall behind on a score by Ryan Caro in the final minute of the half. The score would stand after an evenly played second half that grew even more physical than the first.
and#8220;I thought they (the Wolverines) played very well in the first half. They pretty much outplayed us,and#8221; Spicer said. and#8220;We just capitalized on our opportunity. The second half was back and forth. Both teams played well, and played rough.and#8221;
After the half, Truckee junior midfielder Jason Apolinar was issues a second yellow card, or a soft red, and had to leave the game. Six minutes later, Truckee senior forward Michael Brixey also was given a second yellow card for an early exit. In the final 5 minutes, South Tahoe’s Kyle Wallace was ejected with a hard red card after colliding with Truckee goalie Nacho Diaz near the goal, bloodying his nose and giving him a black eye.
Valdivia said he was disappointed that the Wolverines got caught up in the emotion of the game in the second half.
and#8220;We started chirping back and forth and getting frustrated with the refs. If we just kept playing, we probably could have tied it,and#8221; he said. and#8220;I’m not upset about the loss; losing our composure is what gets me.and#8221;
The Truckee girls took a 2-0 first-half lead and led by as much as 4-0 before South Tahoe scored two goals on free kicks in the final 12 minutes.
The 4-2 win improved Truckee’s Sierra League record to 7-0-1 while moving the Wolverines into first place. South Tahoe, which tied against Truckee in the teams’ first meeting, dropped to 7-1-1 in league.
and#8220;I’m really happy with the way we played,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia. and#8220;I thought we controlled the tempo of the game, which is what we’ve been talking about all season.and#8221;
Senior midfielder Kennedy Power scored both Truckee goals in the first half, assisted each time by Kelsey Porter. The first score came in the 15th minute and the second, off a corner kick, in the 24th minute.
and#8220;It was a fight,and#8221; said South Tahoe head coach Chris DeLeon. and#8220;Truckee pushed up three forwards early and we were not marking well. Truckee came out playing hard.and#8221;
In the second half, Truckee’s Shauna Day scored off an assist from Serena Dill in the 57th minute, and Olivia Duner headed in a corner kick by Porter in the 62nd minute to extend the lead to 4-0.
In the 68th minute, and with many of Truckee’s subs in the game, South Tahoe’s Marisol Lizaola converted an angled free kick from about 20 yards out. Shannon Colleton then took another free kick seven minutes later and delivered it right in front of the goal, where Alyssa Lowe kicked it in from point-blank range to cut the lead to 4-2.
and#8220;I thought our defense did great,and#8221; Valdivia said. and#8220;Alex Mezger did an outstanding job at sweeper, and I thought our whole defense worked well together.and#8221;
Truckee had 10 shots on goal, including seven in the first half, and South Tahoe had nine shots. There were 11 fouls called on Truckee compared to 2 against South Tahoe.
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