North Tahoe boys’ soccer | Lakers fail to capitalize on opportunities in loss to South Tahoe |

North Tahoe boys’ soccer | Lakers fail to capitalize on opportunities in loss to South Tahoe

Sylas Wright/Sierra SunAshton Williams in action during Tuesday's 5-1 South Tahoe win.

TAHOE CITY andamp;#8212; Even a referee stated the obvious during Tuesday’s first-ever league game between the North Tahoe and South Tahoe boys’ soccer teams.andamp;#8220;This game is a lot closer than the score,andamp;#8221; the ref said near the end of the contest, which ended in a 5-1 South Tahoe win.He was right. The Lakers played their larger neighbors to the south evenly for the majority of the game. But the Vikings took advantage of their scoring opportunities, and the Lakers did not. And that was the difference.andamp;#8220;I really think that North Tahoe is a talented team,andamp;#8221; said South Tahoe coach Bill Spicer. andamp;#8220;We were just able to capitalize on a few plays early on.andamp;#8221;Derek Caro and Kyle Wallace provided two goals apiece for South Tahoe, while North Tahoe senior Salvador Avila scored the Lakers’ goal near the end of regulation. After an opening 10 minutes in which North Tahoe threatened deep in South Tahoe territory several times, Cody Williams put the Vikings on the board when he converted an indirect free kick pass from Evan Sanchez, catching the Lakers before they set up.Caro, a freshman, took care of the South Tahoe scoring for the remainder of the half, as he sent two high-arcing shots of 25 and 30 yards over keeper Sergio Arellano’s head for a 3-0 lead. andamp;#8220;We’re not playing bad,andamp;#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Beto Alcaraz. andamp;#8220;It’s just the same mistakes that continue to follow us. It’s the same mistakes over and over again. But hopefully we come out of this mini slump we’re in pretty soon.andamp;#8221;In the second half, Wallace beat Arellano on a one-on-one play in the 47th minute, and just two minutes later, Wallace deposited another shot past Arellano for a 5-0 South Tahoe lead.The Lakers continued to play with intensity, which paid off with 4 minutes remaining in regulation when Avila received a free kick from about 40 yards out. The senior defender blasted a rocket shot past a diving Sergio Rodriguez, adjusting the score to 5-1. andamp;#8220;It doesn’t reflect on the scoreboard how hard the boys played,andamp;#8221; Alcaraz said. andamp;#8220;andamp;#8230; I think we’re just not capitalizing on scoring chances. We keep practicing and practicing. But it seems like it’s the other teams that are always capitalizing on our mistakes andamp;#8212; and that’s part of the game, taking advantage of mistakes.andamp;#8221;Alcaraz said he was particularly pleased with the play of Avila, Zander andamp;#8220;Zandamp;#8221; Blackmon, Hugo Moreno, Zach Rickenbach and Riley McCarthy, who, despite being outsized by most of the Vikings, showed deft skills controlling the ball and distributing it to teammates.andamp;#8220;We just need to keep trying to play our hardest and take as many shots as we can,andamp;#8221; said Blackmon. andamp;#8220;That’s part of our problem, is not taking enough shots.andamp;#8221;The Lakers fell to 0-3-1 in the Sierra League while South Tahoe remains undefeated, at 5-0.

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