MESQUITE — Moments after his team clinched its first spot in a Class 3A state championship game, Faith Lutheran boys soccer coach Nate Hagge hugged David Edson.
“Way to not be a freshman tonight,” Hagge told the freshman midfielder.
Edson proved a surprise hero for the Crusaders, scoring a 49th-minute goal on the way to a 1-0 semifinal victory over Incline on Friday night at the Mesquite Sports Complex.
“It’s just unbelievable,” Edson said. “The whole team played awesome.”
South No. 1 seed Faith Lutheran (16-0-1) will play North No. 1 Truckee (23-1-1) in the final at 10 a.m. today.
Chris Longi assisted on Edson’s goal. Marc Davies and Emeron Ahmed combined on 13 saves for the Crusaders, who were 0-1 in each of the past two state tournaments.
• Truckee 11, Boulder City 1 — Senior midfielder Max Brixey had five goals and three assists to lead Truckee (Calif.) in the semifinals.
The lone goal for the Eagles (8-7-2) was by Jack Broadbent on Hector Ortiz’s assist.
• Faith Lutheran 5, Spring Creek 2 — The Crusaders trailed 2-0 at halftime, but dominated the second half to reach the championship game after exiting in the semifinals the past two years.
South No. 1 seed Faith Lutheran (17-0) will meet North No. 1 Truckee (23-2) in the title game at noon today.
Kari Moloney, Sydney Spoon, Lauren Meyer, Maddy Courvoisier and Jessica Nelson scored for the Crusaders.
The game was played in gusting winds that blew over trash cans on the sidelines.
Faith Lutheran coach Dave Elliott said the weather became crucial in the second half when the Crusaders had the wind at their backs.
“One of the biggest factors was the wind,” he said. “Our team, we pass very well.”
That they did, scoring two quick goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
• Truckee 3, Pahrump Valley 0 — The upstart Trojans kept the game scoreless in the first half before Stephanie O’Neil, Jordan Tollison and Kelsi Decker scored for the Wolverines in the second.
Six seniors from Pahrump Valley (7-10-2) played their last games.
“It’s a goose-bump moment,” Trojans coach Greg Leseberg said of his team’s surprising postseason run. “These girls fought hard to get where we’re at.”
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