Laker soccer comes back to tie 4A Reno
A shorthanded North Tahoe High boys soccer team stormed back from two goals down to tie Reno 2-2 in a non-league game on Monday.
The Lakers are now 10-4-4 overall and remain 3-0-2 in the Northern 3A Tahoe League.
North Tahoe was down five starting players against Reno due to illness, injury and academic ineligibility, said Beto Alcaraz, head coach of the Lakers.
Senior scoring machine Gerry Bolanos was one of the missing starters because of grade issues, the coach said.
“Luckily, this week we didn’t play any league games,” said Alcaraz, who stacked the Lakers’ schedule with games against larger schools such as 4A Reno, which is ranked eighth in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll. North Tahoe, which once held the No. 1 spot, is ranked fourth.
“Reno is a very good team,” Alcaraz said. “They’re quick and they move the ball well.”
Especially in the first half, the coach said, when Reno jumped out to a 2-0 lead and seemed a step ahead of the host Lakers.
Sophomore striker and midfielder Osvaldo Sanchez put North Tahoe on the board shortly before the midway point.
“I think the boys realized that they were getting beat to the ball, so they stepped it up and everyone came out with a different attitude in the second half,” Alcaraz said.
Junior David “Prieto” Munoz tied the score at 2-2 with about 15 minutes remaining in the contest, Alcaraz said.
While the coach was pleased with his team’s inspired play, he received bad news afterward in that Sanchez will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his ankle. Sanchez was injured on a play in which he collided with the Reno keeper, Alcaraz said.
He also learned that freshman Felipe Rodriguez has the same injury, and may or may not miss the rest of the season.
Alcaraz said he hopes to get back several players who have grade issues before playing at league rival Truckee on Tuesday.
Before then, however, the Lakers travel to Nevada Union ” a competitive program from Grass Valley (Calif.) ” on Friday for a 3:15 start. North Tahoe defeated Nevada Union 2-1 in the teams’ first meeting on Aug. 29.
“We have to worry about Nevada Union first,” Alcaraz said. “After Friday we’ll worry about Truckee.”
The Lakers play at Truckee on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The girls start at 4 p.m.
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