North Tahoe soccer | Boys play Fallon to 2-2 deadlock |

North Tahoe soccer | Boys play Fallon to 2-2 deadlock

Steve Puterski

FALLON — Nothing quite like a quality opponent to prepare for a postseason run.

The North Tahoe Lakers boys soccer team engaged in a 2-2 tie with Fallon in a nonleague match on Tuesday.

North Tahoe nearly pulled out the win, but an early goal was ruled offsides.Still, the Lakers attack proved to be potent as Angel Guerrero, Omar Cerda and Jesus Ortega gave Fallon's defense fits.

Tuesday's thriller was the second match between the schools this season as Fallon won the first match 1-0 on Dollar Hill on Oct. 2.

"We want to play good competition," North Tahoe coach Beto Alcaraz said. "We had a couple openings and (Fallon) coach Nate (Waite) wanted to play."

Still, North Tahoe couldn't contain Fallon's Fidel Enriquez, who scored twice, including a goal in the 76th minute and almost the game winner in the waning seconds.

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"I think we played very well," Alcaraz said. "I think we lost concentration at the end, but overall we played well."

Guerrero appeared to put North Tahoe up 1-0 five minutes into the match when he buried a rebound that ricocheted off the crossbar. Although the play was ruled offsides, the Lakers responded.

Guerrero was undeterred and found redemption nine minutes later. Omar Cerda sent a cross into the goalbox and Guerrero chipped in the volley for a 1-0 lead.

"We were passing well and taking shots on goal," Alcaraz said.

"We worked on passing in a different formation and I think the boys are getting used to it. I think that's what made the difference."

Enriquez, however, put his foot forward in the 27th minute when he volleyed a low ball from Corbin Waite and slid the awkward shot through the legs of Lakers goalkeeper Trent Lingruen.

Shortly after halftime, North Tahoe answered on a powerful free kick from Jesus Ortega. His blast from about 20 yards out sliced through a pair of Fallon defenders on the left side of the defensive wall, leaving Greenwave keeper Miguel Perez helpless.

"It was a perfect type of match and that's why we book these matches," Fallon coach Nate Waite said. "That was our fourth game in five days."

But Fallon's offensive pressure turned up the intensity. The Wave created six chances and finally broke through when Pedro Barajas slid a pass to Enriquez, who turned and fired a left-footed blast from the top of the box to beat Lingruen in the right corner in the 76th minute.

Enriquez nearly won the game in the final seconds when Tristan Parrott sent a cross into the box, but Enriquez's header went wide.

"I'm just proud of the effort," Waite added.

Lingruen came up with the play of the day in the 52nd minute to keep North Tahoe's 2-1 lead. Fallon's Austin Bischoff blasted a shot from about 35 yards out, catching Lingruen out of position.

The netminder, however, scrambled back into the penalty box, jumped and punched the ball over the goal to preserve the lead.

"I think we build up from the back and I don't like how we sometimes play kickball," Alcaraz added.

"We didn't come out as hard in the second half. Fallon gave us a battle and they are a good team."

Girls fall to Whittell

The North Tahoe girls fell just short of upsetting first-place Whittell on Tuesday, falling 2-1 in Tahoe City.

The Warriors, who improved to 13-0 in Northern Division III play, scored shortly before the half and again in the second half to take a 2-0 lead.

North Tahoe (7-3) cut the lead in half with a goal by Piper Joubert in the 70th minute. Bryn Anderson set it up when she beat three defenders and crossed the ball into the box, where it sailed just over the goalie's hands before Joubert finished it.

"This was a huge improvement since the last time we played them," said North Tahoe coach Stephanie Bales, referring to Whittell's 7-0 win on Sept. 23. "We really played together as a team and possessed the ball. Last time we played them we panicked every time we got the ball and on Tuesday the girls played very calm and confident. Each girl stepped up their game and played at a whole new level."

Bales said senior goalie Sara Trimm and senior defender Kasey Foster played particularly good games, as well as Joubert, who has contributed a goal in three consecutive games.

Sierra Sun Sports Editor Sylas Wright contributed to this story.

Up next

North Tahoe finishes the regular season with a pair of league matches against Yerington on Friday and Incline on Tuesday. Both games start at 4 p.m., while the girls follow at 6 p.m.