Truckee soccer: Wolverines pummel Whittell
Walking on the field cool, calm and collected, both Truckee High soccer teams breezed to blowout victories over Whittell on Tuesday.
The Truckee girls feasted on the Warriors first, going back for seconds, thirds and eventually elevenths en route to an 11-2 win. The boys followed suit, knocking in one less goal but holding strong on defense with a 10-0 shutout.
Truckee’s boys improved to 3-0-1 in the Northern 3A Tahoe League and 9-1-1 overall, while the girls improved to 4-0 in league and 10-1 overall.
The Wolverines must have put glue on their shoes before the game, because from the opening minutes they dominated play with superb passing from sideline to sideline.
Kelsi Decker got the scoring started, after which Shannon Nicholls, Addie Shaffer, Siri Raustein and Kaitlin Cocard all added their name to the first-half scorecard. The Warriors did sneak one past the Wolverines to put the score at 5-1 going to the half.
Taking the field for the second half the Wolverines continued their impressive possession play by spreading the field wide and feeding well-played through balls to rushing attackers like Decker, who knocked in her second goal of the game to start the second half.
Senior Katie Dill and freshman Mikaela Arnstein got in on the scoring spree next, matching Decker’s effort by each putting in back-to-back goals midway through the half.
When the dust settled from the barrage of Wolverine shots, the score was 10-1 with five minutes left to play. And an exciting five minutes it was, as Whittell showed that the first goal was no fluke by knocking one into the Wolverines’ net before Truckee’s Serena Dill capped off all scoring with her team’s 11th and final goal just before the game ended.
Truckee head coach Amy Valdivia was understandably pleased with the girls’ performance.
“Going into the game our goal was to just play possession, and I thought we did a great job at that,” said Valdivia. “Our outside midfielders played especially well staying outside; we’ve had a tendency to pinch in the last few games.”
When the boys teams stepped up to the center line to start the game, it appeared that they were evenly matched by size. But when the whistle blew and the ball got rolling, it was obvious that speed and skill were another story all together.
The Wolverines systematically dismantled the Warriors’ defense with half-field dribbling runs, heads-up passing and, for the most part, deadly accurate shots.
Senior Salvador Tejeda burned the Warrior net first, then the Brixey brothers put in three more before the half closed ” Max, a senior, with back-to-back goals and Michael, a sophomore, with another.
Coming out of halftime leading 4-0, Truckee pounded on looking to secure a solid win. Once again it was Tejeda who pulled the trigger first, opening the half with his second goal.
Raul Cardenas, Jaysen Gomez and Daniel Brown eyed the prize next, each putting one in mid-half. Up 8-0, Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia cleared the bench, getting everyone involved in the win.
Max Brixey got back in the game in the closing minutes, however, hustling hard to tap yet another ball past the Warrior goalie for his second hat trick of the season. Gomez finished things off with his second goal just before the game ended to cap the shutout victory.
The elder Brixey, Truckee’s team captain and leading scorer, felt the game was a nice change after previous efforts.
“Coming off two games where we didn’t play that well, I thought we played great,” he said. “We kept our heads, got the ball out wide and finished.”
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