INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - If there's one thing the Wolverines can expect when squaring off against their longtime soccer rivals from Incline, it's a challenge.
The Truckee boys and girls received just that in their Mount Rose League clashes at Incline on Tuesday, which resulted in a 1-0 win for the Truckee girls and a 3-1 victory for the boys.
"We see it all season, actually," said Truckee boys coach Casey Eberhardt. "Everyone plays us tough."
The Incline boys came out fired up and playing hard, winning most 50-50 balls and looking quicker to the punch in the opening minutes. But Truckee, which was coming off an emotional win over Sparks, capitalized on the Highlanders' aggressiveness to score three goals off of free kicks.
"I thought that was a really good game," said Incline head coach Tom 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."
Senior captain 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."
Truckee is in first place with a 6-1 Mount Rose League record, and 20-2 overall. The Wolverines have won nine straight games, dating back to a 4-2 loss at Sparks on Sept. 13. The Wolverines defeated Sparks 2-0 in Truckee last Thursday, which gives them the tiebreaker based on winning the second league meeting. Incline is 4-3 in league and 9-7-1 overall.
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.
"We were right there, but they (the Wolverines) took advantage of our mistakes, and we just didn't finish," Canino said. "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 Cassandra Sawyer or Sarah Wright. 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.
Truckee improved to 5-0-2 in Mount Rose League play and 17-3-2 overall, while Incline dropped to 3-4 in league and 12-6 overall.
UP NEXT: Truckee hosts Whittell on Saturday, girls at 11 a.m. and boys at 1 p.m. The Wolverines end the regular season at South Tahoe next Thursday.