North Tahoe soccer: Boys shut out visiting Warriors at home |

North Tahoe soccer: Boys shut out visiting Warriors at home

North Tahoe senior Max Burkhart gets his head on a ball during Wednesday's league win over Whittell.
Sylas Wright / Sierra Sun |

TAHOE CITY — Playing in a light drizzle under the lights, the North Tahoe boys soccer team scored early and often en route to a 13-0 league win over visiting Whittell on Wednesday night.

“We looked pretty good,” said longtime North Tahoe coach Beto Alcaraz, whose Lakers improved to 2-0 in Division III play. “The boys are coming along. They’re playing well together. It’s nice to see that. They’re passing the ball well and are playing aggressively when they need to.”

Senior co-captain Omar Cerda was a dominant offensive force for the Lakers, as he scored three goals in the first half and five total. Junior forward Jesus Ortega was similarly effective, with two first-half goals and four by game’s end.

Junior midfielder Austin Carr added two goals, and Erick Bourke and Paulino Tapia scored a goal apiece.

“We tried not to overrun the score, but sometimes it’s hard to tell the kids not to score. They come off the bench and have been working hard all week, and they want to go out and play well,” said Alcaraz, who cleared his bench in the second half.

The Warriors, who were among the top teams in the Division III two years ago, are in rebuilding mode after not fielding a team last season.

The Lakers, who are perennial contenders in their division — and formerly in the Division I-A — are coming off a competitive nonleague schedule that featured matchups against large California schools and members of Nevada’s Division I.

They came off that stretch with a 2-6 records, with wins over Placer and Reno, before kicking off league play with an 11-0 win over Battle Mountain.

“We’re moving the ball well and executing what we practice, so I’m happy to see that,” Alcaraz said.

North Tahoe will look to continue its hot start in league with games at White Pine and West Wendover this Friday and Saturday. The Lakers will then host nonleague games against Hug on Monday and Colfax on Thursday, both at 6 p.m.

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