The Truckee soccer teams faced Fallon with mixed results Friday, as the boys earned a 3-1 win on their home field while the girls played to a scoreless tie on the road.
In the girls game, both teams entered tied for second in the Northern Division I-A, but the only club to receive some breathing room was first-place South Tahoe, which drilled Sparks 6-0 over the weekend.
The Greenwave and Wolverines remained tied, both with 6-1-1 league records for 19 points. The Vikings, meanwhile, improve to 7-0-1, 22.
“For the most part, we maintained possession but couldn’t close,” Truckee coach Katie Jamison said.
On the pitch, Fallon and Truckee were mirror images of each other for 70 minutes. Late in the second half, Truckee’s offense found its legs, but could not crack Wave goalkeeper Erin Nelson.
Truckee’s netminder, Cassandra Sawyer, was equally impressive holding a clean sheet, thwarting numerous close-range shots and receiving assistance from the goal posts.
“The first 40 minutes, I think we played our game,” Fallon coach Kelly Spicer said. “In the second half, I think we went back to some old bad habits.”
Early in the first half, Fallon sophomore Rebecca Mills found speedster Maddie Algere for a scoring chance, but Thrasher was up to the task. Mills nearly scored about 3 minutes later, but her shot rang off the crossbar.
Mills and Alegre hooked up again with 13 minutes left in the half, but Algere’s shot was straight on net and Thrasher gobbled up the ball.
Truckee, meanwhile, was playing its fourth match in five days, but dug deep and started to pour on the scoring chances in the final 15 minutes of the second half.
Kaylee Neill was fouled just outside the goal box, but the ensuing free kick sailed high over the net.
Marcelle Reynaud had a pair of chances, although she also hit a free kick from 20 yards out over the bar, and her second chance — with a hard spin on the ball — found the arms of Nelson.
The Wolverines’ final chance came from a shot on goal by Emma Warren, but was plucked by Nelson.
Fallon had one last chance with 3 minutes remaining on a free kick. Monica Mills’ attempt, though, fluttered high and wide to preserve the tie.
“Normally what we’re able to do is to feed consistently inside,” Jamison said. “They did really step it up in the last 10-15 minutes.”
Truckee’s defense was solid all game, as the backline duo of Sarah Svoboda and Maison Power were able to neutralize Alegre’s speed.
The Wave’s defense, meanwhile, consistently cluttered passing lanes and held the Wolverines’ chances to a minimum.
“We have an insanely strong defense,” Jamison said. “Our center mids are very strong and reliable.”
Boys stay perfect on home field
Truckee freshman Manuel Sarabia scored two goals in the boys’ win, the first of which came in the 19th minute off an assist from Thomas Arnstein.
Suriel Lopez scored Truckee’s second goal five minutes into the second half, assisted by Nathan Ariza, to extend the Wolverines’ lead to 2-0.
Fallon got on the board with a goal by Corbin Waite in the 65th minute. Truckee got it back shortly after, however, as Sarabia scored again in the 67th minute.
Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt pointed out that the boys have yet to lose on their home field since it underwent an overhaul before the start of last season. In fact, the Wolverines have not lost at home since 2010.
JV girls roll
Truckee’s JV girls defeated Fernley 6-0 on the road Friday. Evelyn Pena, Marley Simpson and Nikki Harris all scored first-half goals, while Lydia Christian, Zareli Villa and Brenna Wapstra-Scott scored a goal apiece in the second half. Truckee’s defense performed well despite some good pressure from Fernley, as only a few shots were given up all game. The JV girls play at North Tahoe on Wednesday.
The JV info was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.