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North Tahoe-Incline girls soccer draws

Seth Lightcap
Sierra Sun

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe's Lexy Dalmau-Jones hustles for the ball against Incline on Saturday. The Highlanders battled back in the second half to tie North Tahoe 2-2 on Saturday.

In the final regular-season game for graduating seniors, both North Tahoe and Incline’s girls soccer teams left it all on pitch after 80 minutes of play.

Battling to a 2-2 draw, the respective teams’ offenses each owned a half ” North Tahoe scored twice in the first half while Incline equalized in the second.

The draw positioned North Tahoe (5-1-2 league, 11-5-2 overall) as the second seed and Incline the fourth seed entering the Northern 3A zone tournament Thursday through Saturday.

From the opening kickoff the teams looked evenly matched. Possession drifted back and forth as neither squad managed to create many scoring opportunities.

The Lakers commendably put away two of their hard-earned first-half shots, one looping left-foot strike by senior Chelsea Patrick and an inside shot from senior Michelle Zarick. Incline junior Megan Peterson answered with a goal to cut the Laker lead in half at the midway point.

Despite being down by one, Incline kept its head up at halftime and charged back soon after the second half began. Peterson put in her second goal five minutes in, tying the score at two goals apiece.

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The next 35 minutes of soccer appeared frustrating for the Lakers as they turned up their offensive heat but couldn’t rally past Incline’s stellar defense.

Incline also mounted strong attacks, but, like North Tahoe, couldn’t finish. The goalkeepers for both teams played extraordinary games.

When the final whistle blew on the regular season, the score remained knotted up in a fitting 2-2 tie.

“We played kick-and-run soccer,” said North Tahoe coach Hans Paladini. “I’m not happy with the result, but the tie solidified second place going into the zone tournament.”

Incline coach John Paganelli had a different view of his team’s performance.

“We played great,” Paganelli said. “We’re finally playing the way I knew we could. Now we’re ready to go to zones.”

The second-seeded Laker girls open the Northern 3A Regional Championship at Reno’s South Valley’s Sports Complex against the third-seeded Sagebrush League team on Thursday. The tournament continues through Friday and Saturday at Churchill County High School in Fallon.