Truckee soccer teams handle Sparks |

Truckee soccer teams handle Sparks

The Truckee High boys soccer team defeated Sparks, 5-1, at Truckee River View Sports Park on Tuesday.

The Wolverines are now 2-0 in the Northern 3A and 7-0 overall on the season.

“We played a lot better than we did against Whittell,” Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia said, referring back to Truckee’s 3-2 win at Whittell on Aug. 29. “We were able to move the ball around much better.

“Sparks is a good team,” the Truckee coach continued. “They always play hard. They never give up no matter what the score is.”

Truckee junior Emmanuel Sarabia scored the game’s first two goals unassisted, and sophomore Salvador Tejeda picked up the third goal on a penalty kick to give the Wolverines a 3-0 lead at the half.

Sarabia, who created his own scoring opportunities on both his goals, has caught the eye of his coach.

“He’s playing incredible. He’s the best player on the team right now,” Valdivia said of the junior center midfielder. “He has excellent ball-handling skills and just a great mind for the game. He’s always one step ahead of everyone else.”

Sparks scored its only goal of the game in the opening minute of the second half.

Within 30 seconds of the Railroaders’ score, Truckee junior Al Virrey answered with a goal assisted by sophomore Max Brixey. Junior Victor Islas then put in Truckee’s fifth goal on an assist from Tejeda shortly after.

Valdivia noted that in addition to Sarabia, Islas played a solid game on Tuesday.

The Wolverines play at undefeated rival and perennial 3A power North Tahoe next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

“That’s the big rival game,” Valdivia said. “Last year (at North Tahoe) they jumped all over us at the beginning of the game (an eventual 3-2 Lakers win). …

“We’ll have to be prepared to go into a hostile environment.”

The Lady Wolverines soccer team routed Sparks, 14-0, at Truckee River View Sports Park on Tuesday.

“I’m proud of the girls because they stayed mentally focused during the second half and were able to work on things we needed to improve on, such as challenging the ball in the air and spreading the field,” said Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia.

Truckee is now 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Northern 3A.

Sophomore Bernie Nelson led the Wolverines with three goals, while 11 other Truckee players scored one goal:

Sara Grossman; Nicole Oxandaboure; Sam Deen; Michelle Delumyea; Stephanie O’Neil; Addie Shaffer; Katie Dill; Kaitlin Cocard; Nikki Panziera; Clancy Delforge; and Mimi Precit.

The Wolverines play at North Tahoe next Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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