Wolverines whip Whittell
Truckee’s boys soccer team was cooking Tuesday evening, and it made mince meat out of Whittell.
The Wolverines took down the visiting Warriors by a final score of 7-0, improving to 12-1 on the season and 6-1 in league.
While the floodgates didn’t open up all the way until the second half, it didn’t take long for the Wolverines to show their dominance, as the first point was scored just five minutes into the match.
It was an individual effort by Salvador Tejeda, who took a shot that was blocked and then got up for the high rebound over the Warriors’ goalkeeper to pop the ball down and into the net, putting Truckee up 1-0.
Truckee’s second goal came on another bobbled Truckee shot, which again was followed up by Tejeda. This time, however, the sophomore forward laid the ball back nicely to an on-running Max Brixey, who powered the ball passed the Whittell goalkeeper.
The rest of the second half was rather uneventful, with no substantial chances for either team and the Truckee side looking and playing like a team tired of attacking.
The second half was worse than the first for the visitors, who rarely got out of their own end and took five goals while looking broken and dejected.
Emmanuel Sarabia started things off in style for Truckee in the second half. The junior threw a nice move and ripped a shot from outside the 18-yard box low and so far in the left corner it nicked off the post to put Truckee up 3-0.
It was Sarabia’s rocket that opened the floodgates for the Wolverines, and the goals kept coming.
Brixey matched Sarabia’s clinical finish by picking up a loose ball on the corner of the 18 and firing a shot across to the upper corner of the far post, bulging the side netting and putting the Wolverines up by four.
Sarabia then tallied the fifth goal on a cleanly finished breakaway.
Sarabia took the golden boot on the day with the hat trick, converting a well-deserved penalty shot low and to the left to put Truckee up 6-0.
The seventh and final goal came not long before the final whistle with a nice cross from Matt Hardy, which carried over an out-of-place Warrior goalkeeper to the waiting head of Julio Islas on the far post, who easily tapped the ball into the Whittell goal.
Truckee head coach Hernan Valdivia said the win was good because his team did not play up to its potential against Incline on Sept. 19, which resulted in the Wolverines’ only loss of the season.
However, Valdivia was pleased with his team and how they moved the ball.
“We tried to play one and two touches and it seemed to work really well for us today,” Valdivia said.
The Wolverines host Fernley on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Wolverines lost 3-2 to 4A Reed High in a non-league match Wednesday in Truckee. The loss put Truckee’s overall record at 12-2.
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