North Tahoe boys soccer opens with win over Sparks
North Tahoe’s boys soccer team started off its season on the right foot with a convincing 8-1 win over a very young Sparks team on Tuesday.
Play was fairly even for most of the first half, with Jonathan Delfino leading off the scoring for North Tahoe with a nice volley off a cutback cross in the 25th minute.
Sparks tied things up by finishing a scramble in the Laker box in the 31st minute.
The tying goal was a bit of a concern for Laker coach Bert Alcaraz.
“I was worried at the beginning,” Alcaraz said of his concern after Sparks tied things up in the 31st minute.
However, Alcaraz’s boys pulled through before the half even ended.
Senior captain and attacking force Paco Delgado deftly turned his defender on the corner of the box before cutting the ball back to Delfino, who clinically finished it off.
After that second goal, things were pretty much over for Sparks.
“Once we got the second goal, I knew it was only a matter of time,” Alcaraz said.
The second half was much like the first, with the goals coming late and often.
After Delgado ” left open on the far post ” headed in a cross with 20 minutes to play, the goals came fast.
Only a minute after Delgado’s goal, Eric Holman ripped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box into the upper right corner of the Railroader goal.
Before too much time had gone by, Holman played a brilliant ball through to Fernando Estrada, who neatly chipped it into the back of the net.
The next goal came on the shoulders of Delfino, who made a great individual run down the flank, cut in toward the goal and blasted a shot, which was blocked by Sparks’ freshman goalie but not held. Delfino stuck with it and finished it.
David Rodriguez put in the next Laker point with a little eight-yard punch out of a scramble.
With the backs of the Railroaders already broken, Holman made a streaking run up the center for a one-time blast off a great cross from Estrada.
Alcaraz pointed to fatigue as the culprit of the Lakers’ slow start.
“I think our boys were stiff from preseason,” Alcaraz said. “Once they loosened up they started to move the ball beautifully.”
North Tahoe plays a 4 p.m. game today at Colfax. The Lakers then host Battle Mountain at 1 p.m. on Friday.
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