Truckee squad gains momentum
The Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ soccer team picked up another three wins in the past week, bringing its record to 8-1-2 as league play begins this week.
On Sept. 22, Truckee took a hard-fought 2-0 victory against Whittell.
“That’s always a tough interdivision contest,” said Truckee head coach Larry Leatherman.
Truckee dominated the game with passing, but could not score in the first half. A couple of Truckee shots went off the cross bar and over the net, and the game was scoreless at halftime.
The Wolverines pushed on, with Taylor Greene finding Tom Hernandez in front of the net for the first Truckee goal. Jim Leatherman followed with a shot from the top of the penalty area.
Truckee defense allowed four shots on the goal, while making 25 attempts on the Whittell net.
“They are a good team,” Leatherman said. “They kept us just enough off balance that we could not put the ball in the net. We will need to work on finishing those chances.”
On Friday, Truckee defeated Boulder City 9-0 in the season’e first soccer game at Surprise Stadium.
“Playing on the stadium field was great,” Leatherman said. “The ball rolled true and the field was perfect for the possession style of Truckee soccer.”
Kyle Barth opened the scoring for the Wolverines with an unassisted shot 14 minutes into the game.
Leatherman added another blast from the top of the penalty area.
Tom Hernandez took a Diego Olmedo pass for the third score of the game. Fernando Gonzalez passed one to Leatherman right in front of the net to make it 4-0.
Just before the half, Olmedo placed a pass from Hernandez to make it 5-0.
Leatherman, Ken Jacobs and Greene each scored in the second half. Wes Thelen ended the day with a shot on a pass from Antuan Cannon.
On Saturday, Truckee handled Pahrump 12-0, without even finishing the game.
According to Leatherman, Pahrump was missing six starters for team rules violations and suffered a difficult loss to North Tahoe the previous day.
Greene scored two, Thelen had two while Olmedo, Barth and Gonzalez each had one.
Leatherman had a hat trick (three goals in a single game).
Because Pahrump ran out of subs, the game ended 30 minutes early.
As league play begins, the players are confident about their chances.
“We’re playing pretty good,” said Greene. “We’ve got a good passing game.”
Jim Leatherman said he is ready to play tougher teams.
Hernandez is looking further down the road.
“We’re ready for league play. I expect us to win state,” Hernandez said.
After 11 games, the Wolverines have amassed some impressive stats, including:
Goals: Jim Leatherman, 14; Elias Silver, Diego Olmedo, Tom Hernandez, five each.
Assists: Barth 10; Greene, 6.
Team’s shots per game average: 18
Defense: Gabe Valle had allowed four goals.
Eight shutouts, thanks to defense of: Marc Lopez, Ken Jacobs, Curtis Donaldson, Gene Moniz, Barth and Juan Aguilar.
Halfbacks: “Controlling the midfield and shutting down the offense of the other teams,” Leatherman said.
League play begins tomorrow at 4 p.m. as Truckee takes on Battle Mountain at Surprise Stadium.
Truckee will later face Spring Creek, also a league opponent.
“That one should be a good game,” Leatherman said.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Truckee takes on state champions North Tahoe High School in Tahoe City at 4:30 p.m.
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