Truckee soccer | Girls win, boys lose at Sparks
The Wolverines split their Sierra League games at Sparks on Thursday, as the girls opened with a 3-0 win while the boys lost 2-0.
In the boys’ game, the second-place Wolverines and third-place Railroaders battled to a scoreless tie at the half. But Sparks snapped the tie in the 62nd minute when Eric Ojeda scored off an assist from Marco Pintor to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
About 10 minutes later, Sparks scored a second goal on an Edgar Casillas shot from 30 yards out.
and#8220;It was very disappointing,and#8221; Truckee coach Hernan Valdivia said of the loss. and#8220;We were unfocused and unmotivated, and we were completely outplayed by a hard-working, motivated team. They wanted it more than us, basically. We were not prepared.and#8221;
According to the Daily Sparks Tribune, the Railroaders dominated possession, out-shooting the Wolverines 26-4.
and#8220;Our defense was stellar,and#8221; said Sparks coach Frank Avilla. and#8220;We put up a very good game plan against Truckee and it worked. We wanted to control the middle but we also wanted to control their No. 1 player. We spied him a lot and used double teams. We mixed up our defenses.and#8221;
While Valdivia credited the Railroaders for a well-played game, he said his team did not play up to par, which causes the coach some concern less than two weeks away from the postseason.
and#8220;We didn’t have a good warm-up and we came out flat. and#8230; It was just one of those days where we couldn’t get it rolling,and#8221; he said. and#8220;It was a disappointing effort, especially at this point in the season, so close to playoffs. But hopefully it wakes us up.and#8221;
Truckee fell to 8-3 in league and 11-6 overall with the loss, while Sparks improved to 6-2-2 in league (10-3-2 overall).
Sparks hosts league-leading South Tahoe (11-0) on Tuesday.
The first-place Truckee girls improved to 10-0-1 in league play with their 3-0 win Thursday.
Olivia Duner gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead with a goal 7 minutes into the game. Shauna Day pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 50th minute, and Savannah Meng rounded out the scoring with a goal in the 65th minute.
“The girls really did a great job adjusting to the Sparks defense, and we played solid possession,” said Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia.
Valdivia said she was proud of Day’s effort on her goal.
“Shauna’s goal came from pure individual effort, and not giving up on the play and staying hungry to score, which was really great to see,” she said.
Sparks, which is in a battle with North Tahoe for the fourth and final playoff seed, fell to 3-6-1 in league.
and#8212; Information for this article was used from the Daily Sparks Tribune.