North Tahoe at Incline soccer | Andrade lifts Incline girls to victory |

North Tahoe at Incline soccer | Andrade lifts Incline girls to victory

Sylas Wright

INCLINE VILLAGE — The Incline girls soccer team is never out of a game with its primary offensive weapon on the field.

North Tahoe twice pulled ahead by a goal in the second half of its Division III contest against host Incline on Tuesday night.

But Vanessa Andrade refused to let the Highlanders lose.

The reigning league MVP scored the tying and go-ahead goals and assisted two others as Incline used a late surge to earn a tense 4-2 win over the Lakers.

The rivals might as well have skipped the opening 40 minutes altogether, as neither team scored in an uneventful first half. The second half was anything but uneventful.

In the 53rd minute, North Tahoe junior Bryn Anderson broke the scoreless tie when she gathered a pass from Julia Semmens on the left wing and with deft touch lofted a shot over the head of Incline goalie Karyss Thompson.

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Incline scored an equalizer nine minutes later, as Andrade delivered a corner kick to the far post, where freshman Belle Johnson was in position to knock it in amid the cluster of bodies.

North Tahoe edged ahead again just four minutes later, again off the foot of Anderson. With an almost identical shot as her first score, the forward arced a ball over the head of Thompson to give the Lakers a 2-1 advantage in the 66th minute.

Too much time remained to contain Andrade and the Highlanders, however.

Three minutes after Anderson's second go-ahead goal, Andrade worked past two defenders, cut back toward the center of the box and unleashed a hard shot past North Tahoe goalie Sara Trimm, tying the score 2-2.

Four minutes after that, the skilled junior again took on multiple defenders in front of the Lakers' goal. Trimm charged out and nearly secured the ball, but Andrade quickly got her foot on it and hit it into the open net for a 3-2 Incline lead.

Incline put the game away in the 65th minute when Andrade crossed a ball to Caitlin May, and May tapped home the insurance goal.

The defending state champion Highlanders improved to 6-1 in Division III play while the Lakers fell to 4-2. Both Incline and North Tahoe entered with losses to Whittell, which defeated North Tahoe 7-0 and Incline 5-1 and remains undefeated on the season.