Truckee soccer teams lose in semis at Galena
Both Truckee High soccer teams reached the semifinal games before bowing out of the season-opening Howell Memorial Tournament in Galena this past Friday and Saturday.
The Truckee boys, the two-time defending champs of the tournament, started with a 3-2 win over Reed on Friday and followed with a 1-0 win over Galena the same evening. After beating South Tahoe 4-1 Saturday morning, the Wolverines were defeated by Manogue 1-0.
“We did pretty well. We had a tough draw,” said Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia, explaining that all four opponents were quality teams. “I think we came out a little flat against Manogue. After giving up an early goal we pretty much dominated the second half. But we couldn’t score.”
Senior Max Brixey led the Wolverines with four goals and one assist in the tournament. Sophomore Raul Cardenas scored two goals, while Salvador Tejeda had one goal and two assists and Jaysen Gomez one goal and one assist.
“I was pleased with how hard we worked,” Valdivia said. “We came together well as a team. Obviously there’s a lot to improve on, but for the opener I thought it was really positive overall.”
The Truckee girls opened the tournament Friday with a 3-2 win over Reed in which freshman Mikaela Arnstein scored the winning goal with roughly five minutes to play. Seniors Addie Shaffer and Katie Dill also scored in the game.
The Wolverines followed with a 6-0 win over Fernley on Saturday morning and a 2-1 win over Galena.
Junior Stephanie O’Neil scored two goals against Fernley, while teammates Dill, Shaffer, Kelsi Decker and Kaitlin Cocard each chipped in one score.
Against Galena, O’Neil scored just 22 seconds into the game and Dill added a second goal 7 minutes in. Head coach Amy Valdivia said freshman keeper Jesse McGinley had a huge game to keep the Galena offense in check.
Truckee’s run came to an end with a 2-0 loss to South Tahoe.
“It was a really good game,” said Amy Valdivia. “We started off slow and sloppy. But in the second half the girls showed a lot of heart.”
Douglas defeated South Tahoe 4-1 in the championship game.
Truckee hosts Sparks today to open Northern 3A league play. The girls start at 3 p.m. and the boys at 5 p.m.
The North Tahoe boys host a nonleague game against Colfax today at 3:30 p.m. A schedule has not yet been received for the North Tahoe girls.
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