Truckee soccer | South Tahoe girls rally in second half, down Wolverines

Steve Puterski
Lahontan Valley News
Steve Puterski / Lahontan Valley NewsTruckee forward Shauna Day races to the ball during a 3A regional soccer match against South Tahoe on Friday in Fallon. The Wolverines lost, 6-3.

FALLON, Nev. and#8212; Even the ice-cold temperatures couldnand#8217;t prevent the South Tahoe girlsand#8217; soccer team from becoming red hot.

The Vikings blasted their way past Truckee, 6-3, in a 3A regional semifinal soccer match on Friday in Fallon. However, South Tahoe needed five unanswered goals to down its cross-lake rivals.

With the win, the Vikings will face the Humboldt Leagueand#8217;s No. 1 seed, Elko, in the 3A Northern League championship match at noon Saturday. Truckee will play Incline, who lost to Elko, in the third-place match to determine the final spot in the state tournament. South Tahoe and Elko have qualified for state.

and#8220;We did not win it on skill,and#8221; South Tahoe coach Chris DeLeon said. and#8220;Truckee won that department.and#8221;

After a pedestrian first half, with Truckee leading 1-0 on a goal from Claire Roberts, the Vikings tied the match at 1-all on a header from Mikalea Buckley. Truckee, though, pushed South Tahoe to the limits with a pair of goals to extend the Wolverine lead to 3-1 with 26 minutes remaining in the game.

Truckee senior Shauna Day sent a cross to Kaylee Neill, who found the back of the net to put the Wolverines up one. Four minutes later, Ali Haines blasted a shot that was saved but the rebound found the foot of Roberts, who banged home the goal.

and#8220;They compacted the middle,and#8221; DeLeon said. and#8220;Truckee did a great job of making it compact. Our girls came out super flat.and#8221;

But South Tahoe didnand#8217;t quit. The Vikings countered less than a minute later on a goal from Kelly Colleton, who was nursing injured ribs throughout the second half.

As the minutes, and South Tahoeand#8217;s undefeated record, seemed to tick away, the flood gates opened. The Vikings fired away and notched four goals to secure the win and move on the championship match.

Taylor Embry tied the game off an assist by Jennifer Burks and Colleton added her second goal with 5 minutes remaining to give South Tahoe its first lead. Jordyn Dion scored minutes later and Colleton completed the hat trick with less than 2 minutes left.

and#8220;The last 15 minutes,and#8221; DeLeon said of the spark for his cluband#8217;s comeback. and#8220;The heart of champions and the ability not to quit. Pestering Truckeeand#8217;s defense is all we tried to do and pepper the goal. Adrenaline picks up when the girls realize we have a chance.and#8221;

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