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North Tahoe soccer | Girls edged by top-seeded Fallon

Steve Puterski
Sun News Service

Steve Puterski/Sun News ServiceKelsey Wittels competes against Fallon on Wednesday. The Laker girls lost 1-0 to end their season.

In a rematch of a regular-season tilt, the top-seeded Fallon girls’ soccer team earned a 1-0 win over North Tahoe on Wednesday in the first round of the 3A Northern Region playoffs.

The Lady Wave (22-1-0) advance to Friday’s semifinal against the second seed from the Sierra League, South Tahoe. It was the first playoff win for the Fallon girls’ program.

The Vikings beat Spring Creek, 4-0, on Wednesday. North Tahoe, which entered as the Sierra League’s No. 4 seed, at 3-6-3, was eliminated from the playoffs.

and#8220;It feels good,and#8221; Fallon coach Lance Lattin said. and#8220;It’s thrilling, but they’re pretty focused on what the future holds.and#8221;

Fallon controlled much of the match, netting the game-winning goal in the first half. Forward Maddie Murray sent a free kick into the box, which grazed off Julianne Hale and found the head of Lesile Raygoza.

Raygoza got enough on the header to clear the outstretched arms of North Tahoe goalkeeper Kami Abi-Nader for a 1-0 lead.

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Fallon continued its offensive pressure in the second half, though the Lady Wave were without Raygoza for the final 20 minutes after she was inadvertently kicked in the face. She was taken to the hospital for X-rays, but has since been cleared to play. She was also elbowed in the face, resulting in a bloody nose in the first half.

However, Hale and Quinn Williams were able to keep the pressure on the Lakers without Raygoza. North Tahoe turned up its offensive attack late in the half, led by Kelley Holman.

Holman took a pass and was able to break free but her shot went just inches over the crossbar in the final minute of the game.

and#8220;I’m actually not frustrated with today’s game,and#8221; North Tahoe coach Jon Rockwood said. and#8220;I know that every single girl that played … played with more heart and more passion than in our previous 16 games.and#8221;