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North Tahoe girls breeze past Sparks

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Alex Close/Sierra SunChelsea Patrick takes on a Sparks defender Tuesday.

North Tahoe’s girls soccer team started things off with a bang Tuesday afternoon, running through Sparks 10-0 in the Lakers’ season home opener.

“It’s just nice to get the season started,” head Lakers coach Kristin Ylander said after the game.

While the Lakers are wrought with new faces and young players, they had no problem with a Sparks squad that hardly even managed to test goalkeeper Amy Terzian, who was filling in for an out-of-town Joelle Lazzareschi.

With four freshmen on the team as well as senior transfer Chelsea Patrick, the North Tahoe side is still getting used to each other, which made the easy opponent helpful, according to Ylander.

“The kids don’t know each other, it’s good to have a game like that,” Ylander said.

The game was all North Tahoe straight from the first whistle.

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Sophomore Jenna Burnside kicked things off with a well placed finish off a cross from Michelle Zarick just 10 minutes into the game.

About five minutes later, April Mitchell tapped in the Lakers’ second goal.

Within two minutes, defensive anchor Hannah Ewing put in a corner by Mitchell.

Before long, Chelsea Patrick found Burnside, who tallied her second goal with a nice one-time finish off Patrick’s 10-yard pass.

With goals coming only minutes apart, the Railroaders didn’t even have a chance to breath.

It was Patrick next, who powered a well placed 35-yard shot past the overworked Sparks keeper.

Senior Cassidy Iverson found Patrick again with a great ball in from the wing for an easy tap in.

The next North Tahoe point was created out of great ball movement from Heather McKenney to Burnside through the midfield, and then to Zarick, who finessed the ball passed the outcoming goalie and into the Railroader net.

Patrick found the hat trick with a lovely turn and clinical finish in the box.

“You never want to get into a game like that,” Ylander said of the route. However, after three losses in the Galena tournament the weekend before, the convincing victory was welcome.

“You just have to make the most of it,” the head coach said.

North Tahoe’s next matchup is against Battle Mountain at home today at 3 p.m. The Lakers then travel to North Valleys for an 11 a.m. game on Saturday.