North Tahoe girls’ soccer | Lakers tie against Whittell |

North Tahoe girls’ soccer | Lakers tie against Whittell

Sylas Wright/Sierra SunKelsey Wittels winds up for a kick against Whittell on Tuesday.

TAHOE CITY and#8212; The Laker girls controlled the entire first half and much of the second against visiting Whittell on Tuesday only to finish in a 1-1 tie.

and#8220;I thought we were the better team,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Jon Rockwood. and#8220;I know we tied, but in my mind we came out with a win. and#8230; I think once the sting of the tie wears off, we’ll be happy with how we played ultimately.and#8221;

North Tahoe is now 1-0-1 in the Northern 3A Sierra League and 2-2-1 overall entering Thursday’s rival matchup at Truckee. Whittell is 0-2-1 in league and 5-2-1 overall.

After a number of near scores by the home team early in the contest, senior Nicole Younger put the Lakers on the board with a goal in the 23rd minute. Younger gathered a corner kick by sophomore Liz Buhler and blasted a three-hopper past the Warriors’ keeper, who tried to kick the ball and missed, from about 20 yards out.

Despite the warnings from Rockwood, who cautioned his team at the half to be aware of Whittell looking to push forward and even the score, the Lakers allowed the equalizer in the 68th minute and#8212; an unassisted shot by Sammy Brumbach.

and#8220;At half we talked about how we knew we could play with these girls. So it was good to come back and get the tie, especially against a strong team like North Tahoe,and#8221; said Whittell assistant Scott Corwin, who was filling in for absent head coach Patrick Kelly.

The Lakers were not without their chances. On many occasions they sent through balls up to streaking forwards, who were either denied by Whittell defenders or misfired on their shots. North Tahoe also nearly converted several direct free kicks, but none found the back of the net.

and#8220;It’s really frustrating to have three shots bounce off the cross bar and get no results from it,and#8221; Rockwood said. and#8220;and#8230; Obviously I’d still like to see a little more finishing up top. We had through ball after through ball and never got anything out of it. So we need to keep working on our offense.

and#8220;It’s just a matter of time before we start putting those goals away.and#8221;

The Laker boys lost 3-2 after allowing two goals in the final 11 minutes against Whittell on Tuesday.

Check back Thursday for a full game story.

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