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Reno Tahoe Liberty FC Opens the 2017 Season with a win.

The Reno Tahoe Liberty FC started the season with a win 4-0 over Sacramento’s Primero de Mayo in what was a rainy affair.

Reno Tahoe Liberty FC 4 - 0 Primero de Mayo

Reno Tahoe Liberty FC 4 – 0 Primero de Mayo

The weather as anyone in Nevada would expect, did not disappoint, and changed from a warm summer week to a winter day in a matter of hours. Nevertheless, with Primero de Mayo able to make it over the snowy pass, the game carried on under rain that would not let up. It looked liked perfect English Soccer weather in Reno! Cold…. But the music provided by Qued-UP Entertainment was able to keep spirits up through out the evening.Reno Tahoe Liberty FC vs.Primero de Mayo

With the conditions of the Bishop Manogue High School field new turf turning slippery, the game promised to be a tricky game for both teams, but even more so for the hardened fans that made it to the game. However, the Liberty Ladies offered a composed performance with a solid defense, hardworking organized midfield and on target forward attack that offered the wet, cold and supportive fans an entertaining game.

The starting line up for the Liberty for the game was Lauren Sack at Keeper, with the defensive line of Jenny Rosales at right back, Joanne Terranova at left back and Amber Gwinn and Valerie Sue Mayer as center backs. In midfield it was Ally Freitas, Melissa Kalbfleisch and Brionna Wood, Shelly Gamble lined up at right wing with Laura Voss at left wing and Karina Espinoza as a forward whom had to come off early due to a hamstring injury.

The substitutes were Keeper Aidan Vasquez, Sarah Voss, Patricia Terranova, Eva Swearngin, Candace Edwards, April Boyd, Courtney Goodballet and Shelby Humphries.

Reno Tahoe Liberty FC 05-06-15 02 Shelly Gamble

Shelly Gamble, on her way to score the first goal for the Liberty

It took the Liberty a few minutes to find a rhythm of play with Liberty finding a break through the right wing, where number 4 Shelly Gamble, received a ball on the run that she controlled with pressure behind her as she cut inside to set up her shot, and a beauty of a shot it was, as it that found it’s way into the back of the net beating the keeper on the top right side of the goal making this the historical first official goal for the Liberty.

Reno Tahoe Liberty FC 05-06-15 03 Lauren Sack makes a save

Lauren Sack makes a save

With a hard working midfield composed of Ally Freitas, Mellisa Kalbfleisch and Brionna Wood, moving the ball systematically through the middle of the field, it was on the 21st minute that Kalbfleisch set up for a low power drive that beat the keeper for the second goal of the game.

The Liberty went into the half time break with a 2 – 0  lead, and as the second half resumed, Primero de Mayo came out with a stronger presence in the middle of the field, which made it a tighter game as both teams transitioned back and forth on possession. But with an experienced defensive line captained by Amber Gwinn, and complemented by up-and-coming St. Mary’s bound Valerie Sue Meyer and supported by outside backs Laura Voss and Jo Terranova whom shared time with Jenny Rosales and Patricia Terranova, Primero de Mayo could not find a way through but did manage to test keeper Lauren Sack a few times with long range shots, with their closest shot testing Sack for what turned into a save for Sack diverting the ball into the cross bar.

Reno Tahoe Liberty FC 05-06-15 04 Laura Voss Sticking to her defensive duties

Laura Voss Sticking to her defensive duties

Primero de Mayo had a few other long range shots and it was one of those that tested Liberty’s keeper for the second half, Aidan Vasquez resolve, forcing her to make a diving save towards her left side to deflect the goal for a corner, helping to keep a clean sheet with her efforts.

With the Liberty Ladies not only learning to play with each other for the first time for most of them, but also working on learning a different system of play, it was telling that they managed to make on-the-field adjustments to regain control of the game, and their tenacity paid off towards the end of the game, when former Trinidad and Tobago National player, Candace Edwards, came from the bench to create additional chances for scoring. And she was rewarded for her efforts on the 81st minute, when she received a ball 20 yards from goal under pressure, and showing composure and skill beat her mark to score on the right side of the Primero de Mayo goal keeper.

Reno Tahoe Liberty FC 05-06-15 05 It was Cold and Rainy for sure

It was Cold and Rainy for sure

With the score at 3 – 0, April Boyd made her official appearance for the club going in for Sarah Voss at right wing, and it was through April that the Liberty found the back of the net for the 4 – 0 final score, April was served from the middle of the field for a through ball out wide which she controlled and got past the outside back to face the keeper 1 on 1 whom she beat by placing a hard low shot to hit the back of the net.

Reno Tahoe Liberty FC 05-06-15 06 Valerie Sue Mayer and Patricia Terranova, determination...

Valerie Sue Mayer and Patricia Terranova, determination…

The game was an opportunity for all players to contribute to the cause with four different players scoring, from the wide areas, through the middle and individually, showing the depth of attack for the Liberty. But it was also thanks to the contribution that the speed that Eva Swerngin provided on the left wing that force the opposing defense to be stretched and create space in the middle, and the tenacity that Sarah Voss displayed closing gaps to attackers with lighting speed and recovery of possession through determined pressure on the opposing players.

Reno Tahoe Liberty FC 05-06-15 07 The Boss, Amber Gwinn controlling affairs.

The Boss, Amber Gwinn controlling affairs.

Ushering the Liberty FC into the field, were the brave young ladies of San Juan SC Nevada and helping with the balls during game time were the also brave young gals from Patriots Academy, thank you to both organizations for the support and contribution.

Officials for the match were:

Center: Matt Taber
Assistant 1: Scott Wiebke
Assistant 2: Paul Huynh
4th Official: Greg West

The next game is a return exhibition match in Sacramento with a visit to Primero de Mayo’s home turf at Capital High School on May 13th at 6 pm., in what would be no doubt another exiting game.

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