TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee girls soccer team was quick to establish control Saturday — and stubborn to relinquish it.
Junior Marcelle Reynaud buried a goal assisted by Nichole Graham about two and a half minutes into their Northern Division I-A match against visiting Spring Creek, and the Wolverines never looked back en route to a 5-0 win.
Truckee coach Katie Jamison was pleased with her team’s toughness a day after earning a hard-fought, 2-0 win over Elko in which five Truckee players went down with injuries. Two of the injured did not play Saturday, including senior Claire Roberts, who tore her miniscus and is out for the season.
“I was proud of our ability to endure,” Jamison said. “We had a lot of injuries yesterday against Elko. I am just impressed with the entire crew to rally from last night’s game.”
Despite some tough defense by the Spartans, as well as several nice saves by starting goalie Jasmin Giere and backup Josie Murphy, the Wolverines controlled possession throughout most of the contest.
They broke through with a second goal in the 31st minute, as Lynde Tucker scored the first of her two goals on the day, assisted by Daisy Rivera.
“The first two goals were us just breaking down. Breakdowns killed us,” said Spring Creek coach Kami Hernandez.
The Spring Creek defense of Haley Isaman, MyKayla Wooden, Erin Bernius and Tera Perry — plus Giere — managed to hold Truckee’s offense in check the opening 20 minutes of the second half as the Wolverines continued to pressure the goal. But they could only fend off the attack so long.
In the 64th minute Tucker crossed a ball from the left wing into a streaking Quinn Parker, who got a foot on it between two defenders from point-blank range for the Wolverines’ third score.
Truckee extended its lead to 4-0 about seven minutes later on a nifty breakaway goal by Tucker, who raced up the sideline with a defender at her heels before stopping on a dime and blasting a shot into the upper reach of the goal from about 20 yards out.
Senior Kaylee Neill rounded out the scoring in the final minute of play on a one-on-one breakaway after receiving a through ball from Tessa Manahan.
Spring Creek pushed forward late in the second half and created a few promising opportunities. But Truckee’s defense turned them away each time.
On Friday, Truckee led Elko 1-0 at the half and added another goal in the second half to earn the win. Neill and Rivera scored the Wolverines’ goals, while Lizzie Larkins had an assist. Jamison said the game was the most physically contested of the season for Truckee, which resulted in the five injuries.
Truckee then defeated North Tahoe 3-0 in a nonleague road game Monday.
Truckee will host Fernley on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Wolverines then travel to Fallon on Friday.