Laker girls shut out Whittell in soccer |

Laker girls shut out Whittell in soccer

Alex Close/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe senior Joelle Lazzareschi battles for the ball against Whittell.

North Tahoe’s girls soccer team dominated visiting Whittell last Thursday on Dollar Hill.

With a final score of 3-0, the numerical outcome was reflective of the flow of play.

While the Warriors’ goalkeeper made some exceptional saves, and Whittell’s defense did well to keep North Tahoe’s chances to a minimum, the visitors were no match for the Lakers.

Only about six minutes into the game, North Tahoe senior Cassidy Iverson made a great run up the flank, beating her mark and blasting a rocket left-footer that was too hot for Whittell’s goalkeeper to handle. The ball bounced back out into the box where it was finished by an onrushing Sage Clark to put the Lakers up 1-0.

The Lakers’ performance was a perfect example of team play and, more specifically, following up every opportunity.

About 15 minutes before the end of the first half, junior right flanker Michelle Zarick put a cross into the box that materialized into a scramble in the 18-yard box. As the ball found its way to the edge of the box, it was clinically finished low and to the corner by Iverson, putting North Tahoe up 2-0.

That was the way the half ended, with play swinging back and forth, but North Tahoe keeping most of the possession and largely dominating the Warriors.

About 10 minutes into the second half, Danny Pranin played a nice through ball to Iverson, who burned her mark in a foot race down the left flank and played a lovely ball across to a wide open Jenna Burnside at the top of the box. Burnside took a touch and deftly placed the ball high in the right side netting to break the backs of the Whittell players and put North Tahoe ahead 3-0.

North Tahoe kept the ball for most of the rest of the second half, although both goalkeepers were forced to make some saves, including a clinical stuff on a Warrior breakaway by freshman keeper Kea Jolicoeur to save the shutout just before the final whistle.

North Tahoe hosts Incline on Thursday at 3 p.m.

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