North Tahoe soccer: Boys score lopsided win at Warriors
North Tahoe is scheduled to host White Pine on Friday at 6 p.m. and West Wendover on Saturday at 1 p.m.
ZEPHYR COVE — The North Tahoe boys soccer team already owned a lopsided win over Whittell, but didn’t take the second meeting between the teams lightly. The Lakers rolled to a 9-0 victory over the Warriors on the road Wednesday, a win that featured two goals apiece from senior Omar Cerda and junior Austin Carr.
“I was concerned coming into this game,” Lakers coach Beto Alcaraz said. “I didn’t know how the game was going to turn out — we had to be ready for anything, come out strong and just play our game.”
North Tahoe (5-1 Div. III) controlled play from the outset, and had a 3-0 lead at halftime while dominating possessions and chances. The Lakers outshot Whittell (1-6-1) by a 27-1 margin in the first 40 minutes, but only had a three-goal advantage to show for it.
The Lakers opened the scoring in the fifth minute, when Omar Cerda finished from close range off an assist from Max Burkhart. Freshman Andrés Cerda added to North Tahoe’s lead with a tap-in 10 minutes later, and a shot from Carr in the 35th minute made it 3-0.
“We said just place the ball, don’t try to kill the goalkeeper or shoot hard,” Alcaraz said. “We talked about that [at halftime], because we had so many chances, we just kept missing and missing.”
After the break, North Tahoe found the back of the net six times — including three goals in the opening five minutes to take a commanding lead. Carr headed the ball in for his second goal two minutes into the second half, and a minute later Omar Cerda scored his second goal after dribbling through Whittell’s defense.
Sophomore Kevin Delgado’s strike in the 45th minute capped a stretch of three goals in three minutes for North Tahoe. The Lakers got goals from junior Paulino Tapia, sophomore Oscar Ramírez and senior Chema Chávez in a three-minute span later in the second half to close out the win.
“The objective was to play hard, not take anything lightly and just play our game — be consistent,” Alcaraz said.
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