North Tahoe girls soccer wins battle of North Shore
North Tahoe’s girls soccer team earned a huge win over basin rival Incline on Thursday. The 2-1 victory bumped the Lakers past the Highlanders and into second place in the Northern 3A, which is led by Truckee.
According to head Laker coach Kristen Ylander, the win was a big one for North Tahoe.
“It was a nice psychological win,” Ylander said. “Some games have more importance than others.”
The North Tahoe squad definitely played like they were in a big game Thursday afternoon on Dollar Hill.
Despite having some small holes on the field, the Laker girls were flying and moving the ball around well.
The points board lit up for the first time about 10 minutes into the game when senior skipper Cassidy Iverson collected a ball on top of the 18-yard box, neatly spun the mark who was tight on her back and placed a lovely shot low and into the right corner of the Highlander goal to put the Lakers up 1-0.
The lead was to be short-lived, however, as Incline did not take more than about six minutes to answer.
Speedy Monica Ceragioli collected a nice ball played behind the North Tahoe back line and touched it neatly past Laker goalkeeper Joelle Lazzareschi to tie things up.
Ceragioli continued to use her speed while her teammates played through balls to test Lazzareschi on breakaways in the first half.
Lazzareschi did not budge and stuffed Ceragioli on numerous one-on-one clashes in the closing minutes of the half.
It was 18 minutes into the second half when North Tahoe took the lead back.
Jenna Burnside sent in a lofted corner kick that senior sweeper Hannah Ewing skied up for and headed down to the lower corner of the Highlander goal, where it was cleared out by a defender.
Iverson ended the ensuing six-yard box scramble by bulging the Incline net for her second goal of the game.
The battle continued for the remainder of the game, although Incline was noticeably defeated in the closing minutes as North Tahoe pounded Incline’s goal.
The hat trick evaded Iverson, both on a breakaway and a 20-yard rocket within the last five minutes of the game.
Ylander was happy with the win, but said she was still trying to nail down an effective lineup.
She said defense was still a problem, and that she was trying different players out in the center of the park.
Ylander said she was very happy with how her freshmen were playing, as well as her other personnel. Ylander was also very pleased with Burnside’s play and that of Iverson.
“We’ve got the talent,” Ylander said. “We just need to figure out where all the pieces go.”
North Tahoe travels to play Sparks tomorrow and then goes to Lowry on Thursday before hosting Spring Creek on Saturday.