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Sparks plays Laker boys soccer tough; girls roll

Staff reports

There’s something about the Sparks High boys soccer team that gives the defending champs trouble.

For the second time this season the Railroaders played North Tahoe to a tie, this time 1-1 in a Northern 3A Tahoe League game on Tuesday.

“We had so many chances and just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net,” Laker coach Beto Alcaraz said. “We played well. The ball just didn’t go in.”

Sparks scored first in the 26th minute and carried a 1-0 lead into the half. North Tahoe senior Gerry Bolanos then put his team on the board in the 52nd minute.

Alcaraz said his team controlled possession throughout much of the contest, estimating that the Lakers had somewhere in the neighborhood of 19 shots on goal to the Railroaders’ 5.

“(Sparks) has quite a few good players, but I feel we should have won the game,” Alcaraz said.

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The North Tahoe High girls soccer team routed visiting Sparks 7-0 on Tuesday.

North Tahoe senior Michelle Zarick initiated the scoring just one minute into the contest to put her team up 1-0. Zarick also scored in the 47th minute for her second goal of the day.

A Sparks own-goal followed by scores from Sage Clark and Kelley Holman gave the Lakers a 4-0 lead entering the half.

North Tahoe coach Hans Paladini said that, for the most part, his team looked solid against the decidedly less competitive Railroaders.

“There were moments when we played some really good soccer and moments when we played kickball,” he said. “We played well (overall), though. We got the job done.”

In the second half, Chelsea Patrick and Leininger chipped in a goal apiece after Zarick’s second score to round out the Lakers’ offensive performance.

“Everything is going the way we had planned,” Paladini said. “If we continue to improve, I think we’ll be a top team by the end of the season.”

The Lakers also defeated Lowry 8-0 on Friday.

North Tahoe is now 9-2-1 overall and 4-0-1 in league.