Kevin Villegas

Elko senior Kevin Villegas drives home a penalty kick in the 59th minute Saturday against Truckee at Adobe Middle School, but the Indians were blasted by a final score of 8-1.

ELKO – After the opening weekend of the Division 3A North boys soccer games, a few things are apparent.

Elko is not the team the Indians have been the past few years, Sparks is still good and Truckee appears to be legit.

After a 3-0 loss Friday to Sparks, Elko was blasted by Truckee on Saturday at Adobe Middle School.

The Wolverines scored fast and frequent, posting a touchdown and a two-point conversion – eight goals.

Elko scored an insignificant goal late on a penalty kick but lost 8-1.

The Wolverines found the board for the first time in the eighth minute on a goal by senior Toni Oregal.

Six minutes removed from their first goal, the Wolverines struck again when senior Carlos Rivera cashed in.

In the 14th minute, Truckee scored for the third time on a goal by junior Jesse Sanchez.

Senior Joel Garcia waited all of about two minutes before he pounded another shot into the frame and gave the Wolverines a 4-0 advantage.

Truckee scored four times in a 10-minute span.

The Wolverines added another goal in the 31st minute and charged to a 5-0 lead before intermission.

Elko really only made one serious attack at the Truckee frame, set up on a lead pass down the left side by senior David Young to junior Andres Salas but the kick was struck with the right foot instead of the left and was stopped the Truckee goalkeeper.

The Indians rarely kept possession of the ball for more than a few seconds at a time, the Wolverines using high pressure to force a multitude of turnovers.

In the second half, the lead grew to 6-0 in the 43rd minute on a penalty kick that stopped by senior goalkeeper Ezequiel Gonzalez but the ball hit down with backspin and found its way back into the frame.

Garcia completed a circus shot with a back-footed strike after putting a move on the Elko goalkeeper and the game was nearly ended by the eight-goal mercy rule but Truckee was ruled offside on another score from a great pass on a strong run down the right wing.

Elko finally found some offensive life in the 59th minute, made possible by an aggressive play by senior Joe Telleria.

Telleria received the ball near midfield and dribbled down the left sideline, driving toward the frame.

Once in the box, Telleria was tripped as he attempted to kick the ball.

Senior Kevin Villegas took the one-on-one opportunity and sent a line-drive rocket in the middle of the frame on the right side.

In fitting fashion, the Wolverines had a response.

In the 71st minute, the football-type offensive output for the Truckee came to a close with the final goal of the game.

Truckee improved to 2-0 in the 3A North, dropping Elko to 0-2.

The Wolverines were remarkably efficient, completing eight goals in 14 shots.

Elko attempted just four shots in the contest, the PK by Villegas serving as the only score for the Indians.

The Indians came up with just two keeper saves and did not earn a corner kick for the entire game.

Elko will attempt to find the win column for the first time in league play on the road at 5 p.m. Friday in North Tahoe (2-0) and noon Saturday at Incline (0-1).


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