ELKO, Nev. -- Eventually something had to give between the South Tahoe and Truckee girls soccer teams this season.
That something was one simple mistake on a single play in more than 80 minutes of soccer.
Brooke King took advantage of a missed trap in the first half and defending state champion South Tahoe edged Truckee 1-0, and earned itself a trip into the Northern Division I-A championship game. The Wolverines were eliminated from the postseason with the loss.
The victory came after both teams tied each other twice during the regular season, and with two teams as closely matched as South Tahoe and Truckee, something small had to decide a winner and loser.
"It came down to who took advantage of the first mistake and that's all it was. It wasn't a spectacular play," South Tahoe coach Chris DeLeon said.
In the 22nd minute Jensen Smith booted the ball down the field where King, anticipating a missed trap by the Truckee defense, moved up the field and received the ball between the defender and goalie.
She one-timed the ball under goalie Cassandra Sawyer for the decisive goal.
After playing with a controlled style of play, South Tahoe switched up its game plan Friday and continually booted the ball down the field. It worked on its one goal.
"It's not usually our style, but it worked today," DeLeon said.
Truckee tried to answer in the second half, but always found itself a slip on the grass or a bad touch away from getting a clean look at goal.
"It's very disappointing. We came so far this year and we played soccer unmatched (by our opponents). We played skilled soccer, and we didnt just boot the ball," Truckee coach Katie Jamison said.
Many of the strongest chances came from captain Olivia Duner. The center midfielder "ran the show out there," said Jamison.
On defense, Sawyer finished with 12 saves in the match for Truckee.
It was the second year in a row Truckee has fallen in the Northern semifinal round. Last year, it lost to Elko.
Also for the second year in a row, South Tahoe advances to the championship game. This year, the Vikings did it despite losing two of their captains from injuries.
Cassidy Jackson was the first captain to go down and Alisa Caro became the second, Thursday, when she was ruled out for this weekend's games.
"The girls had to step it up and they have," DeLeon said.
South Tahoe faces Elko Saturday at 10 a.m. for the championship match. Elko won last years regional championship game 2-0, but later lost in the state championship rematch to South Tahoe, 3-0.
South Tahoe is on a 15-game undefeated streak with its last defeat coming to Elko, a 2-1 loss, on Sept. 8.
South Tahoe is 18-1-2 and 8-0-2 on the season. Truckee finishes the season at 18-4-3 and 7-0-3. Truckee graduates nine seniors.