North Tahoe boys soccer handles Lowry
It’s always tough to get up for games against the Lowries of this world.
While North Tahoe’s boys soccer team didn’t showcase its best game Friday afternoon on Dollar Hill, the Lakers still managed to take down the visiting Buckaroos 4-0.
With senior goalkeeper Michele Basile starting at forward, and normal midfield play-maker Eric Holman anchoring the back line in the center, North Tahoe’s typical fast-paced, high-skill style of soccer was not quite present, although the Lakers still dominated play and were never seriously threatened by Lowry.
The first goal came nearly 15 minutes into the match, when Gerry Bolanos was fouled just outside the penalty area. Bolanos took the ensuing free kick and snuck it just around the wall and under the diving Lowry goalkeeper.
Just minutes later, Lowry buried itself by badly miss-clearing a cross. The Buckaroo keeper made a valiant effort on the ball, but it still found its way into the back of the net for an own goal that put the Lakers up by two.
Five minutes later, a cross from Chris Cahill to Basile ” who was tackled but still managed to dish the ball off to Stephan Glander ” resulted in a near post, upper-V score into the back of the net put North Tahoe up 3-0.
Bolanos, the Lakers’ goal machine, tallied his second point of the night when he beat just about the entire Buckaroo back line on a dribble across the top of the 18 yard box, eventually coming around to the side of the six and blasting a left-footed shot off the inside of the near post and into the back of the net.
For the last few minutes of the first half, North Tahoe continued with a level of play that allowed the Buckaroos to feel like they were, in fact, part of the game, even if the scoreboard showed a blowout.
The second half of play was entirely uneventful, both from a scoring standpoint and excitement of play.
North Tahoe was obviously in control of the match, but played as good sports ” or uninterested players ” and let the flow of play slide into a more friendly and even pace for a solid 40 minutes until the final whistle.
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