INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Both Incline soccer teams gave the visiting Wolverines all they could handle on Tuesday, but in the end neither squad could muster the offense needed to upset their Mount Rose League rivals.
Incline's girls began the evening with a 1-0 loss, while the boys dropped a 3-1 decision to first-place Truckee.
As always, the girls contest was evenly matched from the start. In the 19th minute, however, Truckee broke the scoreless tie when Marcelle Reynaud received a cross from Quinn Parker and converted for the only goal of the game.
"The girls played really well. We were right there, but they (the Wolverines) took advantage of our mistakes, and we just didn't finish," said Incline head coach Tom Canino. "But I thought both teams played well. Truckee had a good night."
The Highlanders and Wolverines each had several scoring opportunities in the second half that either sailed wide of the goal or were blocked by goalies Sarah Wright or Cassandra Sawyer. Play went back and forth much of the 80 minutes, with neither team able to maintain possession for long.
"The girls had a little bit of a hard time connecting passes, so we were scrambling most of the game," said Truckee head coach Katie Jamison. "But when the passes would connect, we were able to maintain some possession."
The Wolverines won both meetings of the regular season, taking the first game 3-2 in Truckee.
"We did a really good job," Incline senior Sophie Breider said of Tuesday's battle. "They are one of the toughest teams we'll play this season. They came out really hard, but I don't think they expected us to play as well as we did."
Incline dropped to 3-4 in Mount Rose League play and 12-6 overall, while Truckee improved to 5-0-2 in league and 17-3-2 overall.
In the boys game, Truckee scored all three of its goals off of free kicks, and even scored an own goal to account for Incline's only score.
"I thought that was a really good game," said Canino, who coaches both the Incline girls and boys. "But this season we've made a habit of giving up goals when playing Truckee. They scored all their goals off of free kicks. We don't want to give up those kinds of fouls."
Jesse Fereira opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a free-kick goal from 25 yards out. The senior lofted the ball just over the outstretched reach of Incline goalie Edwin Alamilla as the shot grazed the underside of the crossbar.
Just two minutes later, however, Truckee knocked in an own goal trying to clear the ball, tying the score at 1-1.
The Wolverines pulled ahead again with a goal in the 44th minute, this time on a penalty kick taken by Jose Sarabia, who was fouled inside the box on a breakaway. Truckee added an insurance goal in the 63rd minute when Colten Roderigue took a free kick from 30 yards that was blocked by Alamilla but followed up by Thomas Arnstein.
"We came out a little flat," said Truckee head coach Casey Eberhardt. "The own goal was unfortunate, but we were able to regroup and get two goals in the second half. In the second half we came out with urgency and wanted to win, knowing we have to win from here on out to stay in first place. But Incline is always tough, especially at home."
Incline is now 4-3 in league and 9-7-1 overall. Truckee is in first place at 6-1 in league and 20-2 overall. Truckee and Sparks split their league series, but the Wolverines own the tiebreaker based on defeating the Railroaders in the second meeting.