TTHS shoots for 5th straight crown
The Tahoe-Truckee High School girls’ varsity soccer team doesn’t rebuild – it just reloads.
Despite losing nine players to graduation, the Wolverines appear to be in good position to capture their fifth consecutive league/state title (1996 marked the first year that there was a AAA state title in girls’ soccer).
“I think people may believe we’ve lost a lot of players from last year’s team, but in reality we’re losing only four starters,” said Truckee head coach Doug Roberts. “Actually, this is the oldest team Truckee’s fielded during my four years as coach. Plus, this year’s senior class is the most athletic I’ve seen.”
Senior fullback Sarah Jones agreed with Roberts’ assessment.
“I think we’ll have another good season because the people we’ve lost have been replaced by players who seem to be just as good,” Jones said.
The offense should be potent for the Wolverines this season, despite the fact TTHS career scoring leader Shannon Baker-Branstetter has graduated and is now playing for Yale University.
“We’re returning Jackie Robinson up front – she scored even more goals than Shannon last season,” Roberts said. “We’ll also have other fast players in the forward position, including Becca Shook, Kim Boaz and Charlotte Duroure.”
The defense is the most experienced group of Wolverines, as three of the four fullbacks are seniors. Jordan Wallway, Alli Back and Jones will all start along with either Grace Kennelly or Ange Solinsky.
Finding a replacement for graduated midfielder Daisy Toole has become one of Roberts’ most pressing tasks during August.
“Replacing Daisy – those are a big pair of shoes someone will have to fill,” Roberts said. “But all four of our midfielders, Quincy Young, Britne Mahoney, Lindsey Back and Sarah Murray have been playing well during our inter-squad scrimmages.”
Replacing 1996’s goaltending tandem of Michelle Hill and Brianne Bealer will also be essential for Truckee success.
Kirsten Mickelson and Leilani Mullen are expected to vie for the starting position.
Other players on the varsity squad this year include Jill Marchi and Megan Martin.
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Students from North Tahoe and Truckee recently made the trip to Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley to compete in the annual Kays Ostrom Invitational.