Varsity girls on top in season finisher
After defeating North Tahoe High School last season for the State Championship, the Truckee High School varsity girls’ soccer team beat their league rivals, 2-1, to win the league championship on Thursday night at Surprise Stadium.
North Tahoe came out running hard in the first half. In a typical scene for the Wolverines, Patty Boyd scored for the Lakers in the first five minutes of the game.
“They had us a little scattered. They’re (Truckee) like that the first five minutes of every game. It takes us a while to settle in. But we took control over the game after the first 10 minutes, settled in and played really well.”
The Lakers’ goal served as a wake-up call for the Wolverines. Truckee instantly began making solid passes and advancing the ball toward the North Tahoe goal box.
Melissa Kleffman scored for the Wolverines to tie up the game at 1-1.
The Wolverines began to control the pace of the game, and minutes later Kleffman scored again to put the Wolverines ahead by one.
Emily Griesmer came up with big saves throughout the remainder of the first half and the entire second half of play.
In the second half, both teams searched for a goal, but neither team was able to find one, and the Wolverines emerged victorious.
Jessie Kautz and Mimi Precit played tough defense for the Wolverines.
“The game was important to the girls,” said head coach Kyle Adams. “It was for the league title and they were all fired and pumped up.
“North Tahoe really started to put the pressure on, but they held their composure and came up with a big win. It was a good win and the girls were all really happy.
“They feel they are the team to beat, and this was the first statement. ‘If you want the State Championship you’ve got to come through Truckee first.'”
If zones play out as expected, the Wolverines and the Lakers should meet in the play-offs and again in the State Championship.
“We have a psychological edge. It’s nice to have that little advantage,” Adams added.
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