North Tahoe soccer | Lakers win crucial league games against Dayton |

North Tahoe soccer | Lakers win crucial league games against Dayton

Sun Staff report

Ashton Williams had a stellar offensive day as the North Tahoe boys’ and girls’ soccer teams won crucial Sierra League games against visiting Dayton on Tuesday.

Led by a five-goal performance by Williams, the boys won 8-1 to improve to 4-5-2 in league, putting them one point ahead of Whittell (4-6-1) in the hunt for the fourth and final playoff seed. The Laker girls won 4-2 to improve to 3-5-3, which is two points ahead of Sparks (3-7-1) for the fourth playoff seed.

Aside from Williams’ five goals in the boys’ lopsided win, Sergio Arellano and Riley McCarthy scored two goals apiece, while Zach Rickenbach contributed one goal.

In the girls’ game, North Tahoe bounced back and overwhelmed Dayton after falling behind by a score in the seventh minute.

and#8220;The girls played extremely well,and#8221; said North Tahoe coach Jon Rockwood. and#8220;I am very pleased with the way the kept their head high and played hard after an early goal against them. They connected passes, opened space and finished shots. It was a beautiful game, despite going down by a goal early in the first half.and#8221;

After the Dust Devils’ goal, Kelsey Wittels pulled the Lakers even in the 12th minute with a goal assisted by Nicole Younger on a breakaway. North Tahoe would score twice more before the half, as Kelley Holman delivered a one-touch shot from 20 yards out off an assist from Emily Pieper in the 24th minute, and two minutes later Wittels headed in another goal assisted by Younger for a 3-1 lead.

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Twelve minutes into the second half, Wittels repaid the favor by setting up Younger for a long goal, pushing the lead to 4-1. The Dust Devils scored off a corner kick in the 70th minute to narrow the final score to 4-2.

and#8220;We played to win (Tuesday),and#8221; Rockwood said. and#8220;Previously in the season we played a defensive-minded game and focused on counter attacks. (Tuesday), we focused more on keeping the ball in our offensive third. All of our goals were developed in the midfield rather than a mistake from the other team.and#8221;

The Laker boys and girls wrap up their regular seasons Thursday at Incline, while Whittell hosts Sparks in both those schools’ regular-season finales. Check online Friday for results from Thursday’s games.