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PREP SOCCER: Lakers hold strong at Whittell, Wolverines defeat Whittell

Seth Lightcap
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Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunThe Lakers' Sage Clark looks upfield for an open teammate in Thursday's game against Sparks. North Tahoe won 3-2.

Even off-and-on rain couldn’t damper the spirits of the North Tahoe soccer teams Thursday, as both Laker teams played fantastic games versus visiting Sparks.

North Tahoe’s girls team came out with guns blazing to win 3-2, while the boys team cranked up the defensive intensity to come away with a 0-0 tie.

It didn’t take long for the Laker girls to show the Railroaders what they were in for.

Senior Jenna Burnside blasted a goal in the second minute of the game to put her team on the board first. Eight minutes later Sage Clark found an opening to double the score, and six minutes after that, Burnside scored again.

Only 16 minutes into the game the score stood at 3-0. The rest of the half went back and forth, but Sparks managed to sneak in a goal itself in the 29th minute. The game went to halftime at 3-1 Lakers.

In the second half, play was focused in the midfield as possession changed hands frequently. The Lakers made several attacks on the fleet feet of Christina Lane and Clark, but none of the North Tahoe shots found their mark. Sparks, meanwhile, snuck another ball into the North Tahoe net midway through the second half to bring the final score to 3-2.

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“That was some of best soccer I have seen all season from us,” said Laker girls head coach Courtney Firth. “Our midfield stayed focused the entire game and we had outstanding shifting in the defense. A very pretty game.”

UP NEXT: The win was a final warm-up for the No. 2-seeded Lakers, as they will begin the Northern 3A Regional Tournament on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at home against third-seeded Fernley.

Coming into the game, the Laker boys must have had a couple concerns on their mind. The first of which was the Sparks offense, known to be quick and prolific. The second, more nagging concern, was that the match was the last home game for six North Tahoe senior players ” and going out with a loss was no way to go.

So digging deep and even using the talents of some recently promoted junior varsity players, the Lakers battled whistle to whistle to defend their turf and ride out satisfied.

Sparks did indeed have some fast strikers, with itchy trigger feet. But time and again, North Tahoe managed to be right in step with Sparks, or at least close enough to deflect the shot or force a poor angle. Those shots that were on target were deftly rejected by senior goaltender Chris Cahill, who played an amazing game in the net.

Though the North Tahoe offense put together good looks as well, no shots dropped, leaving the final score at 0-0. The draw may not have been as satisfying as a victory would have been, but in light of the match, North Tahoe was undoubtedly proud to come away with the shutout.

UP NEXT: The fourth-seeded Laker boys begin the Northern 3A Regional Tournament on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Lowry, the first-seeded team from the Northern 3A Sagebrush League.

The Truckee High soccer teams ended the regular season on a positive note Thursday, defeating host Whittell to cap an undefeated season in league play.

Truckee’s boys won 6-0 to improve to 7-0-1 in the Northern 3A Tahoe League and 19-1-1 overall. The girls defeated the Warriors 5-2 to improve to 8-0 in league and 19-2 overall.

Boys head coach Hernan Valdivia said Whittell was noticeably more polished in the second meeting, as his team routed the Warriors 11-2 back on Sept. 30.

“Whittell was much better the second time around,” he said. “They were more organized and played better defense.”

After a scoreless first half, Truckee got on the board in the first two minutes of the second period with a goal from senior Max Brixey, assisted by Raul Cardenas.

Other Truckee goals were put in by Michael Brixey, Daniel Brown, Jaysen Gomez, and Sal Tejeda (2).

Girls head coach Amy Valdivia said she was impressed with her team’s effort, especially from center midfielders Addie Shaffer, Stephanie O’Neil and Shannon Nicholls.

O’Neil and Katie Dill and each had two goals, and Kennedy Power scored one for the Wolverines.