North Tahoe soccer | Boys breeze past Battle Mountain
The Lakers are scheduled to play league games at White Pine on Friday and West Wendover on Saturday. They played nonleague games at Reno and South Tahoe on Monday and Tuesday.
TAHOE VISTA — The North Tahoe boys dominated about 78 minutes of their Division III opener against visiting Battle Mountain on Friday.
But the way coach Beto Alcaraz saw it, the Lakers underachieved.
“I think we had lapses at times. We were doing things we shouldn’t be doing,” said Alcaraz, whose squad still rolled to a 6-0 win. “The last 15 minutes of the first half we looked really good. But the second half I think we relaxed a little bit. I know we’re capable of playing much better than that.”
After building a 5-0 lead by the midway point, the Lakers consistently attacked the Longhorns’ goal in the second frame but to no avail.
Battle Mountain goalie Sean Peasnal, who warmed up as the game wore on, denied many of the shot attempts, while others simply missed their marks.
North Tahoe finally broke through with its final goal in the 70th minute, as freshman Juan Pablo Herrera got his head on a corner kick taken by senior co-captain Lucas Earley.
The hosts had little trouble finding the back of the net in the first half.
Senior forward Edgar Delgado put the Lakers on the board 10 minutes into the contest, and freshman Juan Pablo Herrera extended the lead to 2-0 with an assist from Harrison Goss.
Earley converted a penalty kick in the 28th minute. Senior co-captain Angel Guerrero then scored the next two goals in the 30th and 37th minutes — on a one-on-one run and on the rebound of a shot taken by Earley.
Battle Mountain’s best chance to score came midway through the second half when awarded a penalty kick. But first-year North Tahoe goalie Trent Lingruen blocked the attempt and then pounced on it before the Longhorns couple follow up the rebound.