Wolverines fend off Reed, beat Quincy
During the past week, the Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines varsity girls’ soccer team finally got on track, and left its opponents all “shook” up.
Becca Shook contributed four goals and two assists in Truckee’s games against Reed and Quincy this past week.
In their first game, the Wolverines faced a 4A Reed team that, during the course of this season, is undefeated in its division at 4-0-1.
“They remembered that we beat them in the scrimmage,” said Truckee Head Coach Larry Young, referring to the Wolverines’ 2-1 win over the 4A Reed team in the preseason. “We heard them talking about it on the field before the game … about it being revenge time.”
A subdued and likely unsatisfying reciprocity occurred as Reed fought back from a deficit to tie the game in the closing seconds, at least denying the Wolverines a win but not handing them a loss.
The Wolverines began the scoring in the eighth minute when Shook scored on a crossing pass from Cali Pratt.
Reed responded 10 minutes later. Sherika Hardaway, described by Young as being “real speedy,” usually plays at the left forward position. Occasionally, according to Young, the Reed coaches switch her to the right side, so as to throw off opponents. The Truckee team didn’t recognize the switch quickly enough and Hardaway got a breakaway, scoring Reed’s first goal.
Reed scored again at the 33-minute mark.
Seconds before halftime, Kristine Bena scored. The shot, taken from the right side of the field, sailed over the keeper’s head, off the far post and into the goal. The shot was assisted by Shook.
Shook struck again 20 minutes into the second half. After being tripped in the penalty area, Shook scored on a direct penalty kick.
The Wolverines held the Reed team scoreless until, with about 30 seconds remaining in the game, a handball was called after a Reed shot rebounded off of one of the posts and hit one of the Truckee players. The penalty kick was good and the game ended in a tie, 3-3.
Young commended Shook’s effort at the forward position, explaining that she was “relentless in pursuing the ball, which is important for a forward player.”
Kirstin Seitz and Jill Marchi were also cited for their efforts.
“Seitz, playing stopper, did an excellent job of neutralizing the attack from the center forward position,” said Young.
“Marchi, marking up on Hardaway, did an excellent job. She gave her very few opportunities.”
He went on to say that the team as a whole did very well with all active players participating in the effort.
The same applied to their game against Quincy, held at Surprise Stadium. All players participated and Shook was dominant.
The Wolverines won by a comfortable margin of 3-0, managing 28 shots on goal to Quincy’s four.
“Obviously our accuracy needs improvement,” said Young, “but I think the game against Quincy showed some good team play. Quincy lacked the intensity of the Reed game. However , I could definitely see improvement with players working together and advancing the ball down the field.”
At 13 minutes, Marchi advanced the ball up the field using combination play and served a through ball to Shook who scored Truckee’s first goal.
Shook, just before the half, made a crossing pass to Natalie Bergman, Truckee’s left forward, who sent it into the net.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, Shook, with an assist from Natalie Pratt, pounded in the third and final point.
Though Quincy only managed 4 shots on goal, three were on target and Leilani Mullen collected three saves.
Seitz was injured in the first half and Katie Nickelson substituted. Young acknowledged Nickelson’s effort, who successfully contained Amy Merrill. Merrill, playing for Quincy, is also a part of the Silverwing team, and was familiar to several of the Truckee players. She was also a considerable threat on the opposing team.
The girls will travel Saturday to face Whittle, starting at 10 a.m. They will have to face the opposition without Emma Backlund and Nicole Felix. Backlund is injured and will be out for a few weeks. Felix is expected to return in about a week.
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