Second-half barrage powers Laker girls |

Second-half barrage powers Laker girls

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe's Shain Wickman keeps her eyes on the ball in Tuesday's game against Whittell. North Tahoe stepped up in the second half to score four unanswered goals en route to a 5-0 win.

When teams are clicking, patience pays off. The North Tahoe girls soccer team passed circles around Whittell on Tuesday night, playing a tightly controlled game that opened up to a 5-0 win after but one first-half goal.

Throughout the first half, Whittell kept the Lakers’ offense at bay, relying heavily on the outstanding goalkeeping of Hannah Daly. Lakers forward Sage Clark ripped several shots that looked like sure scores but were deflected by Daly’s diving saves.

The Lakers finally got on the board with 10 minutes left in the half off a nice through ball that found captain Michelle Zarick open for a long-range strike to the back of the net.

Opening up the second half, the sun went down, the lights came on and the Lakers cranked up the pace. Balancing well-executed runs with solid midfield passing earned North Tahoe four more unanswered goals.

Zarick put in the second goal, while Clark, Kelley Holman and Chelsea Patrick each scored once.

“This was our best game of the year,” said North Tahoe coach Hans Paladini. “We finally played 80 minutes of solid soccer.”

The commanding win boosted Laker confidence going into the zone tournament on Nov. 1-3 and improved their Northern 3A Sierra League record to 5-1-1 (11-5-1 overall).

“We’re coming around at the right time,” Paladini said.

North Tahoe hosts Incline in its senior farewell game Saturday at 1 p.m.

Truckee and North Tahoe, both boys and girls, will compete in the NIAA 3A Northern Region soccer championship tournament on Nov. 1-3. The quarterfinals on Nov. 1 will be held at South Valleys Regional Sports Complex in Reno. Semifinals are Nov. 2 and finals Nov. 3 at Churchill County High School in Fallon. The championship game is scheduled for noon on Field 1. Check the Sierra Sun next week for more information.

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