North Tahoe soccer | Boys, girls sweep road trip
The Lakers are scheduled to play Division III league games at Yerington on Friday, boys at 2 p.m. and girls at 4 p.m.
The North Tahoe boys soccer team improved to 4-0 in league play with a pair of victories at White Pine and West Wendover this past Friday and Saturday.
The Lakers opened the long road trip with a 3-0 win at White Pine, which is located in Ely. They followed with a 2-1 win at West Wendover, which straddles the Nevada-Utah state line.
The score could have easily been more lopsided against White Pine, as North Tahoe connected only three times despite at least a dozen clear shots on goal, said coach Beto Alcaraz.
“We just couldn’t find the back of the net. We dominated the entire game but with little luck on goal,” Alcaraz said. “We played well, moving the ball from side to side, but couldn’t score.”
Three different Lakers scored — Omar Cerda assisted by Austin Carr; Harry Goss assisted by Juan Pablo Herrera; and Edgar Delgado assisted by Angel Guerrero.
Alcaraz said the Lakers started slowly against West Wendover, which seemed to want the win more as its players consistently beat North Tahoe players to the ball through the first 40 minutes of play.
“They were all over the place,” Alcaraz said. “It seemed like we were a little flat the entire first half.”
The Wolverines struck with a goal in the first half and carried a 1-0 lead into the break. The Lakers regrouped at the half and began to play their game in the second frame.
“We were patient and started passing better and kept our composure, and I think that’s what it made the difference at the end,” Alcaraz said.
Cerda knotted the score early in the second half, then scored the go-ahead goal off a pretty assist from Jesus Ortega in the 65th minute.
Alcaraz said senior co-captain Lucas Earley stepped up his game despite being sick, while Cerda “played a heck of a game.”
“I was very proud and pleased how our boys kept battling and never gave up,” Alcaraz said.
North Tahoe’s nonleague home game against Reed on Tuesday was canceled due to the poor air quality.
Laker girls cruise
The North Tahoe girls also won both road games, as they defeated White Pine 4-1 and West Wendover 9-0.
First-year North Tahoe coach Stephanie Bales said the Lakers got off the bus ready to play after the long road trip.
Bryn Anderson scored two goals and contributed an assist against White Pine. Julia Semmens and Sophie Hudson added a goal apiece, and Maddie Cleeland had one assist.
“This was the best we have played all season,” Bales said. “After a long bus ride, the girls came out strong and Bryn scored in the first 20 seconds of the game. We played really well as a team.”
North Tahoe coasted past West Wendover, with six different Lakers scoring.
Anderson and Valencia Covell buried two goals apiece, while Sara Trimm added a goal and an assist, and Hudson, Piper Joubert, and Jane Nall each had one goal. Haley Perkins assisted three of the Lakers’ goals, while Cleeland had two assists, and Semmens and Allie Doyle had one assist each.
The Lakers are now 4-0 in league play.