TTHS girls eye postseason
Coming off a 2-0 win against Incline High last week, the Tahoe-Truckee High School girls’ soccer team stands at 4-0 in division play and 11-0 overall.
If you count tournament play, said Truckee coach Doug Roberts, the girls are closer to 20-0 this season.
Despite the record and the recent win against the Highlanders, Roberts can still find plenty of things that need work on his team.
“This wasn’t a very well played game,” Roberts said. “Incline was good, defensively.”
In fact, Truckee only scored a single point in each half, a rarity for a team which often blows out opponents with double-digit margins of victory.
The first goal came from Cali Pratt on an assist from Lindsey Back and Becca Shook.
The second was scored after the half, when Megan Sutter-Jow took a cross shot from Megan Minnick and ran past the Incline goalie.
Truckee outshot Incline with 23 shots on goal to just one from the Highlander offense.
The one Incline shot was saved by Truckee goalie Kirsten Mickelson.
Incline started with 11 players and ended the game with nine due to sickness and injuries.
Roberts said Incline paid attention the last time the two teams met and made adjustments which paid off.
“They watched how we played before and we beat them with speed, so they compensated by moving the sweeper deep.”
Roberts said Truckee didn’t adjust to this placement and ended up paying with a low-scoring game.
“They stayed back and packed it in on defense,” Roberts said. “They shut us down pretty well.”
Truckee beat Incline in a previous match this year.
Next for Truckee was a match against Whittell on the road Tuesday, but results were unavailable at press time.
Before the game, Roberts was optimistic about what he had seen in practice Monday.
“We had a good practice today. If we play like we did in practice, we will score some goals.”
Truckee currently has the first-place spot in Division 1 locked in tightly, but one thing still up in the air is the determination of who will host postseason playoffs the first week of November.
Should Truckee win the rest of its regular-season games, it will host the Nov. 6-7 playoffs. The remainder of the schedule follows:
Oct. 23 @ Spring Creek
Oct. 27 vs. North Tahoe
Oct. 31 vs. Fernley
Nov. 6-7 quarterfinals
Nov. 13-14 state
A match against Incline, scheduled for Oct. 13, was canceled by the Incline High School athletic director for unknown reasons.
Both teams will face North Tahoe at Surprise Stadium Tuesday at 2 p.m. (girls) and 3:30 p.m. (boys).
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