Wolverine varsity soccer wins league title
The Truckee High School varsity boys’ soccer defeated North Tahoe High School, 1-0, to clinch the league championship on Thursday at Surprise Stadium.
“I thought it was a rebuilding year. Winning the league championship is attributed to the leadership of the seniors and good underclassman,” said coach Rob Curtis.
In the game against league rivals North Tahoe High School, both teams struggled to get their offense rolling from the opening whistle to the end of the game.
“The last game was pretty lack luster,” Curtis said. “It was not one of the better competitions between Truckee and North Tahoe.”
“When emotions run so high, the quality of play is not often that great,” he added.
Matt Freeman, Kyle Adams and Forrest Platt continued to provide the Wolverines with solid defense as they have done all season.
At goal, Clayton Bena managed to stop the few solid shots on goal North Tahoe managed to send his way.
Both teams played so intensely the game nearly stood still at times, with each team waiting and anticipating, not wanting to give their opponent room to move the ball.
At half time, neither team had scored.
In the second half, it was more of the same.
Freeman came up with a few key defensive plays to spoil North Tahoe opportunities to score.
Neither team was able to link solid passes together, resulting in shots that had little chance of actually making it in the goal.
North Tahoe scored a goal off a rebound, but the goal was called back for off-sides.
This was the call the Wolverines needed to get them back in the game.
Danny Rostad passed to Scott Eberhardt who drove and shot at the goal. The goalie made a save, but Eberhardt got the rebound and passed it to Chris Pearson. Pearson waited for the goalie to make his move, then he sent the ball past him for the goal with two minutes left to play.
Adams had a huge save to assist Bena and preserve the Truckee lead.
As time ticked away, both teams drove to the goal but were unable to do anything with the ball.
Time expired and the Wolverines walked away with the victory and the league championship.
“They’re not the most skilled teams I’ve ever had, but they’re the most cohesive and hard working.”
Truckee meets Spring Creek High School at Spanish Springs for a 4 p.m. game in the first round of zones on Friday.
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