North Tahoe soccer | Boys edge Incline, girls fall in final minute
The North Tahoe boys’ soccer team eked out a physical, 1-0 win at Incline on Thursday to clinch the fourth and final playoff seed over the Highlanders.
With the win to end the regular season, the Lakers finished at 5-6-1 in Sierra League play while the Highlanders fell to 4-6-2, and one spot away from a postseason berth.
North Tahoe will enter the Northern 3A Regional Tournament as the No. 4 seed from the Sierra League and will play at top-seeded Elko of the Humboldt League on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. If the Lakers advance, they’ll play the winner between second-seeded Truckee of the Sierra League and the No. 3 Humboldt seed on Friday at Fallon.
North Tahoe junior Riley McCarthy scored the only goal against Incline in the first half to lift the Lakers to the clutch win. Lakers head coach Beto Alcaraz said the game was hard-fought and physically played.
and#8220;I anticipated the game like that because what was at stake,and#8221; Alcaraz said.
The North Tahoe girls lost 2-1 on an Incline goal in the final minute of the game Thursday.
The season-ending loss did not affect the Lakers’ playoff seeding, however, as they would have entered the Northern 3A Regional Tournament as the Sierra League’s No. 4 seed win or lose.
North Tahoe finished the regular season 3-7-2 in league play while second-seeded Incline finished at 9-3. The Lakers will open the regional tournament at top-seeded Elko of the Humboldt League on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Should the Lakers win, they would face the winner between Incline and Spring Creek (No. 3 Humboldt) on Friday at Fallon.
Against Incline, both teams came out strong on defense and denied the other of the ability to settle the ball and move it forward.
Finally in the 30th minute, the Lakers broke through when senior forward Sammi Schulte found the back of the net off an assist from Emily Pieper.
About 22 minutes into the second half, junior midfielder Haley Derr tied the game with a goal on a direct free kick from 25 yards out.
In the final 10 minutes of the game, Incline head coach John Paganelli brought all his players, including the defense, into the offensive end and moved his goalie out of the goal.
It paid off with only a minute remaining in the contest, as a denied shot went off a Laker defender to the foot of sophomore left forward Misha Gehring, who one-touched the ball from 15 yards out into the left side of an open net to give Incline the 2-1 win.
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