Laker boys able to slip by Highlanders |

Laker boys able to slip by Highlanders

Alex Close/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe's Ricardo Cervantes plays a ball past an Incline player during the Lakers' 1-0 win on Thursday.

The North Tahoe boys soccer team moved up one big place in the league standings last week with a 1-0 win over basin rival Incline.

Before the win, the Lakers and Highlanders were tied for second place in the Northern 3A, according to

After the victory, the Lakers’ 3-1 record gives them nine points, which ties for the top spot in the league with Truckee.

Incline remains in third place with six points and a 2-2 record.

Lakers head coach Beto Alcaraz was very pleased with the victory.

“It was a much needed win,” Alcaraz said.

The lone goal in the match came in about the 13th minute. Laker midfielder Eric Holman threw a lovely little move and played a nice through ball to an onrunning David Munoz, who took a touch a deftly chipped the ball around Highlander goalkeeper David Hunt.

The rest of the game was a pure battle. As is typical with the Laker squad, the first half showcased a rather chaotic style of play from North Tahoe.

It was Incline’s fast-paced, high-energy enthusiasm that may have taken North Tahoe out of its game, as the Lakers threw a lot of ambitious passes and missed touches, as if the boys in white were trying to play too fast for their own good.

Chances came on both sides, and both goalkeepers came up huge.

The second half saw a much more controlled flow from the home team, and Incline continued to test North Tahoe by providing plenty of chances for Laker goalkeeper Michele Basile to prove his worth.

It was Hunt, however, who really kept the game close, stopping multiple North Tahoe breakaways.

Alcaraz said that he was frustrated with his team at halftime because they did what they have been doing all year, coming out slow and waiting for their opponent to pose a threat before playing their game and taking over.

However, after the head coach asked his players why they come out flat, why they wait until they are behind to turn on the juice, they took the field and made their coach proud.

“I was very happy with the second half,” Alcaraz said.

Alcaraz also pointed out that he is gaining four new players this week after they sat the beginning of the season due to academic suspensions.

Alcaraz said that those four players are all strong ” most can play multiple positions and some are starters ” and that having more practice competition, as well as more players vying for positions, should make his players perform that much harder.

More output is just what Alcaraz is going to need as the Lakers have four matches lined up this week.

North Tahoe faces South Tahoe at home today before traveling to play Sparks tomorrow. The Lakers host Lowry on Thursday and Spring Creek at home on Saturday.

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