TRUCKEE, Calif. — After shutting out Mount Rose League rival North Tahoe on the road last Thursday, the Incline boys and girls soccer teams did not fare as well Tuesday at Truckee. The girls came back from a 3-0 deficit only to fall a goal short, 3-2, while the boys lost 5-0.
The girls played what seemed like two separate games, with the Wolverines winning the first one and the Highlanders taking the second. In reality, they were two separate halves, and Truckee's 3-0 advantage in the first half proved too much for Incline to overcome, despite a valiant effort.
“I'm very happy with our effort and that we basically won the second half. We just didn't win it by enough,” said Incline head coach Tom Canino.
The hosts jumped out to an early lead when junior forward Quinn Parker intercepted an intended clear-out from the Incline defense and slipped a low shot past the diving reach of Incline goalie Sarah Wright in the second minute.
Seven minutes later, Truckee's Kaylee Neill crossed a ball to Melissa Cardoza on a breakaway, and Cardoza finished for a 2-0 Truckee lead.
Then in the 38th minute, Parker found a small pocket of space between two Incline defenders and sent another low shot past Wright, this time to the goalie's left.
“We need to get over our early mistakes. We gave them every one of those goals,” Canino said. “That's not to say the Truckee girls didn't play well. I thought they handled and moved the ball well. But if we didn't make so many mistakes, it would have been a different ballgame.”
The Highlanders came out of the half looking energized as they steadily began pressuring the Truckee defense, which for 20 minutes bent but never broke. Incline's relentless attack finally paid off in the 60th minute, however, as freshman Vanessa Andrade received a through ball from Hannah Johnson and blasted a shot that was nicely blocked by Truckee goalie Cassandra Sawyer. But Elise Nelson, who followed the play, was there to clean up the rebound, cutting the lead to 3-1.
Incline added a second goal in the final minutes of the contest when Haley Derr crossed a ball to Andrade directly in front of the goal, and the freshman buried it into the back of the net.
“I thought the first half was pretty bad, but the second half we picked it up,” Andrade said. “We were just motivated to not end the game badly. We started playing good through balls and we shot it every opportunity we had.”
Incline is now 1-2 in Mount Rose League play and 10-4 overall.
The Wolverines controlled the boys game from the onset, scoring three goals in the first half off of corner kicks and four of the five goals in the game.
“That's certainly not the way we wanted it to go,” said Canino, who coaches both Incline teams. “We gave up four corner-kick goals, so obviously that's something we'll need to emphasize in practice.”
The first goal came in the 14th minute when Jose Sarabia lofted a corner kick directly in front of the goal, where Incline keeper Andrew Bessette tried to punch it and missed, which left an open shot from point-blank range for Truckee senior Jesse Fereira.
Truckee added to its lead in the 30th minute. This time Thomas Arnstein took the corner kick, and Austin Simonpietri got a foot on it for a 2-0 lead. Simonpietri then took another Truckee corner 9 minutes later, and Arnstein kicked in the rebound to extend the lead to 3-0.
“That's one of those things we try to work on, and our corner kicks were good today,” said Truckee head coach Casey Eberhardt.
Simonpietri scored the Wolverines' fourth goal in the 68th minute, assisted by Sarabia, while Colten Roderigue rounded out the scoring with Truckee's fourth corner-kick goal in the 77th minute.
“We played a little better in the second half, but we made too many mistakes for a game like this,” said Canino, who complimented the play of junior defender Oscar Gudino.
Incline is 2-1 in league and 7-5-1 overall.