Laker boys draw with 4A Carson
One might think that drawing with a 4A program like Carson High would be a good thing for the 3A soccer team from North Tahoe. Lakers head coach Beto Alcaraz doesn’t think so.
Alcaraz said he was not happy with his team’s performance that led to a 1-1 tie with the Senators, and his disappointment came from the fact that Alcaraz thinks his boys could have won.
“I demand more of these boys because I know what they’re capable of,” Alcaraz said.
The Lakers started out well, moving the ball around and generally playing their game ” one that any team from any division would have a hard time contending with.
In the 18th minute of play, Laker forward Gerry Bolanos scored a breakaway goal to put North Tahoe up 1-0.
About 20 minutes into the contest, Alcaraz said his squad began to lose focus and let its play slip.
Just before halftime, Carson put one in the back of the net to tie things up.
“That’s very frustrating to see,” Alcaraz said of his team lowering its level of play. “These boys need to understand that the game lasts 80 minutes.”
The fine balance between confidence and arrogance is a delicate and essential area to hover in for the defending 3A state champions.
When the Lakers step on the field with confidence, they pass the ball around one or two touches each, they move and make runs off the ball and play the game at a level that is often unseen in high school soccer.
When the Lakers step on the field or go up a goal and settle into an arrogant style, they hold the ball too long, try to dribble too far and stop running for one another. They start to play as individuals rather than a well-oiled machine.
It is then that any hard-working unit of 11 players can dismantle and take down the defending champs.
“We’re going to be our own worst enemy,” Alcaraz said.
The head coach said that senior goalkeeper Michele Basile made numerous key saves to keep the Lakers in the game. Jason Koop, head coach of the Senators, said North Tahoe got off only nine shots to Carson’s 19.
“Michele Basile saved us,” Alcaraz said. “He made some incredible saves. If it wasn’t for him we would have lost.”
As the defending champion, the Lakers have the challenge of every team in Nevada knowing who they are and wanting to beat them. The key to a repeat will be consistency and bringing their A-game every time they step on the field as well as maintaining that A-game through the final whistle ” regardless of the score.
“We still have a long way to go if we want to get there and, more importantly, if we want to win it all,” Alcaraz said.
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