Laker boys soccer secures second seed with home win
Fans came out in droves on Saturday to catch the last regular-season boys soccer game for North Tahoe and Incline.
The match-up did not disappoint, as the high-intensity game was well played by both teams. The Lakers’ cool and collected offense came through once again, answering a 1-1 halftime tie with three second-half goals to win 4-1.
North Tahoe improved to 5-1-2 in the Northern 3A Sierra League and secured a second seed going into this week’s zone tournament. Incline will enter the tournament as the fourth seed.
The majority of the first half was a battle for possession at midfield and neither team found many scoring opportunities.
North Tahoe squeaked in the first goal off a deflected shot by senior Gerry Bolanos. A sliding tackle in the box by the Lakers resulted in a penalty kick goal for Incline’s Johnny Luna, tying up the score just before the half.
As the whistle blew to start the second, North Tahoe’s offense perked up. Mixing runs down the left flank with good inside passing, the Lakers opened up their game and started creating shots.
Incline’s defense played tenaciously, but the pressure was too great and North Tahoe shots started hitting the back of the net. Laker senior John Bolanos put away two goals and junior David Munoz rocketed home another.
“They had two guys on us most of the game,” said John Bolanos, referring to himself and his brother Gerry. “It made us come to the midfield to open up more space for scoring opportunities.”
Incline rallied several second-half attacks but could not capitalize, and the game ended at 4-1.
“We played well, but made big mistakes not finishing,” Incline coach Tom Canino said.
On the other side, North Tahoe coach Beto Alcaraz was glad to earn a win to end the season.
“We moved the ball well. I’m very pleased with our performance,” Alcaraz said. “(Incline) tied the score, but we kept our composure. That was the key to the win ” not getting away from our style.”
North Tahoe, the No. 2 seed in the Tahoe League, plays the No. 3-seeded Sagebrush League team on Thursday in the opening round of the Northern 3A Regional Championship at Reno’s South Valleys Sports Complex. The tournament continues on Thursday and Friday at Churchill County High School in Fallon.
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