South Tahoe girls soccer loses 2-1 at Truckee, suffers first league loss |

South Tahoe girls soccer loses 2-1 at Truckee, suffers first league loss

South Tahoe midfielder Jennifer Valdivia challenges for the ball against Truckee’s Ava Seelenfreund in the Vikings’ league match against the Wolverines on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — South Tahoe versus Truckee girls soccer games are typically associated with physical play, low scores and a playoff-like atmosphere. The teams’ league clash on Wednesday, Sept. 30, was no different.

After a scoreless first half, South Tahoe (5-2-2, 5-1-1 I-A Northern) fell behind by two goals and couldn’t come all the way back in a 2-1 loss. The win kept Truckee (9-5, 7-0) undefeated in league play.

“It was a good second-half turnaround,” Truckee coach Kyle Kelly said. “They (the Vikings) definitely made things interesting at the end with that goal. Our defense was a little gassed and they were throwing numbers forward.”

Truckee broke the stalemate in the 51st minute when freshman Ava Seelenfreund ran onto a long through ball by Chloe Murphy and alertly lobbed a shot over the head of goalie Claudia Janese, who charged out of the box to challenge.

Nine minutes later, Truckee sophomore Olivia Vigano sent a through ball up to freshman Amber Simonpietri, who fought through two defenders before slipping a low shot into the corner of the goal.

“Truckee ran those plays with precision — outstanding plays,” Vikings coach Mark Salmon said. “We expected them to move the ball and possess, and they did. Hats off to them. I wish we could play a team like that every week.”

In search of offense, Salmon moved Annie Brejc to forward late in the contest, and the sophomore responded with several quality shots on goal.

“She’s a gamer,” Salmon said of Brejc.

With eight minutes left, Brejc fired a shot that hit off the near post and ricocheted to teammate Maria Martinez, who hit it into the back of the net to cut the South Tahoe’s deficit in half.

The Vikings continued to pressure the Truckee goal and nearly scored the equalizer a couple times on attempts by Brejc, Martinez and Emma Dayberry. Truckee sophomore goalie Izzy Abarno denied each attempt, including a point-blank shot by Dayberry that she punched over the crossbar.

“The last 20 minutes, if we played like that the whole game, it might have been a different result,” Salmon said.

With one match left in the first round of league play, both teams sit atop the league standings. Fallon (4-2-1) is in third place with Lowry (4-1) in fourth.

South Tahoe concludes the first round of league on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Fernley. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

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