North Tahoe girls soccer loses coach, game to Whittell |

North Tahoe girls soccer loses coach, game to Whittell

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe senior Sage Clark battles a Whittell midfielder in a league match Tuesday. Whittell defeated North Tahoe 3-0.

The North Tahoe girls soccer team hosted Whittell on Tuesday in a league matchup that had all the trappings of fall in the air.

Despite playing in perfect soccer weather, cool temps and grass just a bit wet, the Lakers’ performance was not perfect as they fell 3-0 in a disheartening loss.

Play in the first half was even. Neither team was passing incredibly well, but tit-for-tat through-balls gave both teams shot opportunities.

Whittell capitalized on an opening in the 12th minute of the half, knocking a shot past Laker goalkeeper Kea Jolicoeur for a 1-0 lead. The battle raged to halftime without further scoring.

As the second half began, North Tahoe stepped up the intensity level, pressuring the Whittell goal with attack after attack. Good shots were few and far between, however, as the Laker girls couldn’t seem to get a solid strike.

Midway through the half, tempers flared a bit as a Whittell player received a yellow card for not giving 10 yards on a direct kick, and North Tahoe head coach Courtney Firth got a red card and was tossed from the stadium for saying undisclosed pleasantries to one of the referees.

Running out of time to score, North Tahoe started to push up more players to attack. The plan backfired in the 71st minute as a breaking Whittell player out-muscled a Laker defender in the box for an open shot and the game’s second goal.

Down 2-0, the Lakers kept rallying but could not put anything away. The Warriors added a third goal in the 78th minute when a wide-open striker waltzed into the box and scored.

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