Lakers beat Truckee in Northern 3A showdown
The North Tahoe boys soccer team, more specifically, junior forward Gerry Bolanos, had its way with rival Truckee on Tuesday, taking the Wolverines down 4-0 at Surprise Stadium.
The game started out as most rivalries do, with back and forth play, chaotic soccer and a fast-paced game.
Fifteen minutes in, North Tahoe junior Ricardo Cervantes blasted a rocket off of Truckee’s crossbar to boost the level of play a bit higher.
The game remained fairly balanced, and with nine minutes to play in the first half, Bolanos tallied his first goal by nicking a near post corner kick off his head and just inside the near post of Truckee’s goal to put the Lakers up by one.
The 1-0 score held through the end of the first half, with the Lakers settling into their quick, possessive style of play and dominating the flow of the game.
It was Truckee’s lightning quick counter attacks that kept the game balanced.
Junior forward Al Virrey broke free on numerous occasions, forcing Laker goalkeeper Michele Basile to make saves and keeping the game exciting.
The Lakers and Bolanos didn’t let down a bit after the half.
Eight minutes into the second half the junior broke free for a one-on-one with Truckee goalkeeper Ryan Newland.
Bolanos powered past the last defender and then drove the ball high near post to put the Lakers up 2-0.
While the Wolverines kept themselves in the game, North Tahoe continued to move the ball well, maintaining possession the majority of the time.
With 25 minutes to play, Bolanos picked up the hat trick by stripping the last Truckee defender and converting on the breakaway.
As if a hat trick wasn’t enough, Bolanos picked up his fourth goal on another corner kick. This time, with the junior on the far post, he threw a side step and headed the ball back, high and off the underside of the crossbar.
Two minutes later, however, the Wolverines threatened the shutout when Basile came out on a breakaway a bit late and feet first to give Truckee a late penalty kick.
In the end, the junior goalkeeper came out on top, as Truckee sophomore Max Brixey blasted the ball off the top side of the crossbar and out for a North Tahoe goal kick.
The North Tahoe side appeared ecstatic after the final whistle, celebrating with nearly as much enthusiasm as during Bolanos’ four post goal celebrations.
“That’s what we needed, 80 minutes of great soccer,” North Tahoe head coach Beto Alcaraz said after the game.”
Alcaraz singled out Bolanos’ four-goal performance as well as Basile’s dominance protecting the net on the Wolverines’ counter attacks as key to the victory.
Truckee won, 3-1, in the rivals’ only other meeting of the season at North Tahoe on Sept. 12.
North Tahoe closes out the regular season on the road against Dayton, Whittell and Incline on Oct. 19, 24 and 28.
Truckee faces Battle Mountain and Incline at home on Oct. 21 and 24 before postseason play.
The Lakers lost a non-league match to Nevada Union, 4-1, last Friday in Grass Valley after playing the Miners to a 0-0 tie in the teams’ first meeting on Sept. 8. Nevada Union stands third in its Sierra Foothill League race and is battling for a berth in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
W L T PT
North Tahoe 4 1 1 13
Truckee 4 2 1 13
Incline 4 2 0 12
Sparks 1 4 2 5
Whittell 1 5 0 3
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