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Undefeated girls ready to repeat

JAMES BALL

Given the chance, Las Vegas bookmakers would probably give odds on the 3A state championship girls’ soccer match to feature two teams from the Tahoe region.

And those same bookies would likely pay 1 to 1 odds that Truckee will return to reclaim the state title.

All the same, TTHS coach Doug Roberts isn’t getting cocky about his team’s chances.

“We’re probably the favorites, but it doesn’t matter what we’ve done in the past,” Roberts said. “It’s like starting over. If you lose, you’re done.”

Among the teams Truckee could potentially face in the state championship game are Whittell, North Tahoe and Incline.

“Incline has the best defense in the league. Between Incline, Whittell, North Tahoe and us, it’s up for grabs. We would have to play well against all of them.”

To get to state, on Saturday at 10 a.m. (at TTHS) Truckee will have to get past Moapa Valley from southern Nevada.

In an earlier match against the Pirates, Truckee won 10-0, though Roberts said Moapa might have the best keeper in the league.

Should Truckee cruise past Moapa, things will get interesting with the Friday, Nov. 13, semifinal games.

Semifinals will be followed by the state championship match on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Both semifinal games and the state championship will be at Dayton High School, a fact Roberts is not pleased about.

He said the Dayton field is small and filled with mudholes. He suggested Carson City as a better venue for state.

Regular season ender

Truckee ended its regular season last week with wins against North Tahoe and Fernley.

Truckee shut out the Lakers 3-0 last Tuesday at home.

North Tahoe suffered a tough loss with the injury of key defensive player Jen Scoville.

“They had no foundation without her,” Roberts said.

Roberts said he was happy with Truckee’s defensive play, and that Truckee controlled the midfield.

Megan Minnick scored for the Wolverines in the first two minutes on a breakaway opportunity.

In the 39th minute, Becca Shook scored on a cross from Cali Pratt.

Roles were reversed a few minutes later when Pratt scored on a cross assist from Shook.

The win sealed the top spot in the division for 7-0 (league play) Truckee.

Truckee took on the struggling Fernley squad on Halloween at home, winning 22-0.

“I don’t think they won a game all year,” Roberts said.

Truckee led 12-0 at the half.

Roberts said he started his goalies at other positions in the second half, giving them both the chance to score.

Goalie Kirsten Mickelson scored twice, while goalie Leilani Mullen scored once.

Shook played 10 minutes, scoring three goals and bringing her season total to 60, a school record.

The win put Truckee (16-0 regular season, 25-0 with tournament play) and 8-0 within the division. Truckee has outscored opponents 188-13 this year. Truckee defeated North Tahoe 7-4 to win state last year.

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