TRUCKEE — Warm-up pants and long-sleeve shirts were the ticket for those playing in Wednesday’s North Tahoe-Truckee soccer games.
The old rivals squared off for the second time this season on a brisk afternoon in Truckee, where temperatures hovered in the low 40s with occasional rain drops and a cool breeze from the east.
The weather did not deter the Lakers and Wolverines, who wrapped up their two-game nonleague series with a couple of well-played contests. Host Truckee came out on top in both, as the girls won 3-1 and the boys 4-2.
Truckee got on the scoreboard first in the girls game, as junior Marcelle Reynaud buried a goal assisted by Quinn Parker in the 21st minute. The 1-0 lead stood at the half.
The Wolverines added some insurance 2 minutes into the second half with a goal by sophomore JV call-up Sophie Warren, who got her body on a corner kick taken by Nichole Graham.
North Tahoe never backed down. The Lakers struck back with a goal of their own shortly after the Truckee score. Johanna Gur dished off a pass to Bryn Anderson, who sent a perfectly placed cross in to Sara Trimm for the finish, cutting the score to 2-1.
Truckee again padded its lead in the 67th minute when Lynde Tucker crossed a ball to Daisy Rivera, and Rivera tapped it into the goal.
“The rivalry continues and it was a good game. I thought the first half was evenly played,” said North Tahoe coach Kristin Carlson, adding that backup goalie Mallory Tyler played well in the first half.
Truckee coach Katie Jamison said she was pleased with how her team played, as the Wolverines did not seem to skip a beat despite calling up four JV players in order to rest some of the starters.
“They played well,” she said. “They could have been a little more aggressive, but with the weather the way it is, I’m fine with how they played.”
Truckee is now 8-3-1 overall and North Tahoe is 6-3-1.
Five minutes into the boys game, the Lakers and Wolverines appeared destined for a double-digit final score.
Freshman Manuel Sarabia scored in the opening minute of the contest deep inside the box. Just a few minutes later, North Tahoe senior Lucas Earley dribbled through three Truckee defenders before sending a rocket shot into the upper right corner of the goal from about 15 yards.
The scoring pace settled as both teams battled for possession in the midfield. The Wolverines managed back-to-back goals in the 25th and 27th minutes, however, as Thomas Arnstein scored an unassisted goal before Nathan Ariza put in a shot assisted by Jordan Fereira.
North Tahoe’s Jose Chavez and Truckee’s Rolando Zarate each buried goals in the second half to round out the scoring.
“Although we were down 3-1 at halftime, I thought we were playing up to par with them and we were connecting passes pretty well too,” North Tahoe coach Beto Alcaraz said. “Our boys played a great game against one good Truckee team.”
Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt said the Wolverines, who have been working on their possession, did a good job of maintaining it against a scrappy Lakers squad.
The Wolverines improved to 11-0-1. The Lakers are 5-8-2.