North Tahoe boys soccer runs past Whittell
North Tahoe’s boys soccer team dominated visiting Whittell on Thursday, winning by a final score of 6-1.
After a somewhat chaotic start, Fernando Estrada put a long ball from about 40 yards into the upper corner of the far post. Mistaking it for a cross, Whittell’s goalkeeper had to watch the ball sail over his head and into his own goal.
About 10 minutes later, midfielder Eric Holman ripped a 30-yard shot into the same upper corner to put North Tahoe up 2-0.
The half ended with that score and North Tahoe attempting to dance around the Warriors, who continued to snap at each other for leaving Laker players open and unmarked.
Whittell came out looking better in the second half, scoring an early goal off a free kick to bring the game within one point.
That one point fired up North Tahoe, as the boys in blue and white knocked in four more goals before the end of the game.
According to head Laker coach Beto Alcaraz, his boys settled down after the Whittell goal and started playing their game ” knocking the ball around and making an already frustrated Warrior defense chase even more.
Second-half goals came from Fernando Cervantes, David Rodriguez, Paco Delgado and David Munoz.
Whittell’s bickering transitioned into fairly dirty play towards the end of the game, as Warrior players let their frustrations shine though, throwing elbows and dirty tackles towards North Tahoe players.
The Lakers rose above, however, holding composure and concentrating on the substantially victorious margin.
North Tahoe’s next game is Monday at Carson City, and the Lakers host basin rival Incline on Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.
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