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Whittell loses opener against Truckee

It was a real-life version of the board game, “Risk,” with both Truckee and Whittell battling for field position in the Wolverines’ 2-0 win over the Warriors at Warrior field Tuesday afternoon.

Truckee used the most of its field position as the Wolverines put in two goals in the first half in the non-league soccer opener.

“I felt we won the majority of the 50/50 balls today,” Truckee head coach Mike Holman said. “We tried to play the ball down the lines and cross it back into the middle.”

The Wolverines were able to use a sustained attack throughout the game, whereas the Warriors used a series of scoring strikes.

“We need to learn to finish in front of the net,” Warriors coach Mike Leeper said. “We took some breaks out there at inopportune times.”

Whittell opened the contest on a strong note, dominating the Wolverine defense and controlling the ball on the offensive end before Truckee came back and pushed the ball deep into the Warriors’ backfield.

The game remained in front of the Warrior goal when Stacey Cook blasted a shot past a diving Elise Thomas for the first score.

Cook found herself all alone just outside the center of the goal box and fired a right-footed blast into the left side of the net.

The two teams then battled to a standstill until close to the end of the first stanza when Truckee tallied its second goal.

Christine Brena fired a shot from just past midfield that found its way through a crowd and into the back of the net, pushing the lead to 2-0.

“Against a quality team like Truckee, you can’t have any lapses and that’s what happened today,” Leeper said.

Despite surrendering two scores, Thomas, a freshman, put on a stellar display of diving stops and blocks. She dove to her right and stopped what looked to be a third goal on a breakaway in the second half.

“Elise played a great game,” Leeper said. “She made some great stops on tough shots.”

Lindsay Schultz, a senior outside defender, also performed well, helping Thomas clearing the ball and providing some veteran leadership on a relatively young Warrior squad.

“Lindsay played a great overall game today,” Leeper said. “I’m pleased with the way she played.”

The Warriors will next hit the field today when they travel to reigning Nevada 3A champions North Tahoe. Leeper is concerned about the game because Alisha Roth left the game against Truckee with an injury.

“We’re going to have wake up and answer the bell again at North Tahoe,” Leeper said. “But, with the team we have, we can compete with anybody because we match up well skills-wise.”

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