Varsity boys upset, rebound next day
A lapse may prove to be the Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines’ perfect wake-up call.
The Truckee boys’ varsity soccer squad upended Manogue on Sept. 22 before falling flat, losing to Lake Forest at home on Friday. By Saturday, the team had regrouped, defeating a strong Whittell team to boost its record to 5-1 for the season.
Peter Kennelly, playing – with a cast on – for the first time since he broke his wrist, dominated the midfield against Manogue.
Gustavo Candiotto, despite not scoring a goal, raised havoc with the Miner defense for the entire game. He could and would not be contained. His footwork, great passes and hustle allowed an attacking Wolverine a great shot on goal. At the 36-minute mark, Antuan Cannon put a hard shot into the net, which deflected off a Manogue defender. Cannon’s goal seemed to take all the steam out of the Manogue team, which was already consistently on the defensive.
At the three-minute mark of the second half, Elias Silver put a deft chip shot onto the foot of Cannon who scored his second goal of the game.
At the 66th minute of the match, with the Manogue defense tiring, Travis Spencer passed to Silver who slipped between two defenders and stroked the ball into the corner of the net for a 3-0 margin. Silver scored again five minutes later, assisted by Jason Waters, propelling the Wolverines to a 4-0 victory.
Truckee out shot Manogue 26-11.
On Friday, the boys’ team hosted a determined Lake Forest Christian team at Surprise Stadium, and was defeated 2-0.
A stunned Truckee crowd watched as the Wolverines, who had played so well in their previous three games, were, time and time again, unable to put together any type of passing game. The Wolverines were unable to control their usual game.
“It was a great lesson for us,” Truckee Head Coach Mike Holman said. “It made the team realize we have to take every game seriously. We need to be mentally prepared at the first whistle.”
The following day, Truckee traveled to Whittell.
Friday’s game must have been a wake-up call as the team played with an intensity and passion not seen previously in the season.
The passing game came back. Using the whole field and switching from side to side, Truckee consistently hit the open man and weak side flank midfielder. The halfbacks and fullbacks beat the Whittell players to the 50-50 balls all game long, allowing only six shots on goal in the contest.
Missing regulars Juan Aguilar (ACT testing) and Gene Moniz and with Curtis Donaldson and Matt Valle injured, Holman was not certain before game time who his starting defense would be.
To compound the problem, during warmup mid-fielder Travis Spencer was injured and was unable to begin the match. Valle and Donaldson were both able to play through their injuries.
With several players out of their regular positions, Holman still was not sure how the team would react, but Truckee had come to play. The game was very physical with lots of hacking, pushing and fouling, but Whittell could not match Truckee’s skill level, intensity or determination.
Truckee fell behind 1-0 at the 24-minute mark.
At six minutes into the second half, Jarrett Bower took a pass from Fernando Gonzalez and fired past the Whittell goalie. Five minutes later, Candiotto took a ball deep into Whittell territory, very near the end line, and put a perfectly placed pass right in front of the net that Cannon slammed home for the lead. At the 21-minute mark of the half, Spencer, playing with an injury, placed a chip shot over the goalie’s head capping the score at 3-1.
“Everyone came to play,” Holman said. “This was the most intensity the team has shown all year. I was totally pleased with our passing and use of the field. It was great having Valle and Donaldson back in the lineup, but I can’t really single out one individual. Everyone played well today. This was a total team effort. This game renewed my confidence.”
The Wolverines’ travel to play Battle Mountain, tomorrow, starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Truckee goes to Spring Creek for a noon game.
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