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Varsity squads sweep opponents

BAY KELLEY, Sierra Sun

The boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams both swept the Battle Mountain Longhorns and the Spring Creek Spartans this past week.

The girls smothered the Longhorns, 11-1, before shutting out the Spartans the following day, 5-0. The Truckee boys, in turn, put together one of their season’s best performances to defeat Battle Mountain 5-1 and, long on defense, but short on accuracy, eked by Spring Creek 1-0 the next day.

Girls’ soccer

Eight different players from the Truckee girls’ team (5-0-2) scored in its game against Battle Mountain.

Megan Minnick opened the scoring with an assist from Kristine Bena at the 11-minute mark. The team erupted, scoring, on average, every seven minutes thereafter.

Rebecca Shook scored an unassisted goal at 17:00. One minute later, assisted by Cali Pratt, Shook scored again. Pratt pounded in a score at the 28-minute mark and then, again, assisted Shook, who scored two minutes later.

Pratt racked up another assist when a pass to her sister, Natalie Pratt, resulted in a goal. Cali Pratt scored once more, two minutes later, with an assist from Shook.

The lineup was different in the second half. Megan Minnick scored her second goal five minutes into the half on an assist from Natalie Bergman. Megan Martin received a pass from Jill Marchi and, at the 50-minute mark, the Wolverines led 9-0. Krista Anderson tallied a score on an assist from Julie Rueckheim. Natalie Pratt had an unassisted goal to finish the game’s scoring.

Leilani Mullen, Truckee’s goalie, finished the game none too challenged, having to answer to only two shots on goal from the Battle Mountain offense.

The Shook-Pratt combination continued to be effective in the team’s game against Spring Creek.

The two players combined for three more goals, Shook with one assist, Pratt with two.

“Spring Creek has, over the years, become something of a rivalry,” said Truckee Head Coach Larry Young, “as the games tend to be very physical.

Truckee’s first goal was the result of a through ball up the middle from Cali Pratt to Shook. The game’s second goal was “a really well executed square pass from forward Shook to midfielder Cali Pratt who broke through the defensive line and scored,” said Young.

Shook scored again on a Pratt pass for the game’s third goal.

A “skirmish” in front of the goal resulted in Truckee’s fourth goal as Bena persevered and kicked the ball through.

The game’s fifth goal was, according to Young, the most interesting goal. For the second consecutive week, Jill Marchi got an assist as a result of a flip-flop throw in. The throw, to the near post was to Megan Martin, who did a flick-on header right into the net.

Boys’ soccer

The varsity boys’ soccer team raised its record to 7-1 with two away victories last weekend.

On Friday, the Wolverines defeated Battle Mountain 5-1, totally dominating the game. Truckee out shot the Longhorns 26-7, giving a lesson in passing and ball control.

At 7:30 of the first half, Matt Valle placed a textbook crossing pass to Jarret Bower, who then passed to Elias Silver who scored to put Truckee ahead 1-0.

Gustavo Candiotto scored on an assist from Antuan Cannon at the 19-minute mark. With ten minutes left in the first half, Silver intercepted an errant Battle Mountain pass and scored for a 3-0 Truckee lead. Twenty-nine minutes into the second half, Silver took a give and go from Cannon for his first hat trick of the season. Candiotto finished off the scoring with a Tommy Linnett assist in the 77th minute.

Cannon scored the Wolverines’ only goal, with an assist by Brian Lowrence in the game against Spring Creek.

“Coach (Peter) Werbel and I were both encouraged by the team’s continued improvement,” said Head Coach Mike Holman. “They are really starting to play as a team.”


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