North Tahoe soccer | Dayton easy work for Laker boys
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Jeff Brooks did not have a good time at North Tahoe on Tuesday.
Aside from nursing a bum knee and having to endure the chilly fall bite in the air, the Dayton goalie found himself under constant duress as he tried to fend off the Lakers’ relentless offensive barrage.
He could only stop so many attempts as North Tahoe poured on the pressure en route to an 11-1 Sierra League win. Dayton had only 12 players suited, leaving just one reserve on the bench.
and#8220;I think the most important thing was getting to play some of our younger kids,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Beto Alcaraz. and#8220;The score was lopsided, but I was glad to get the kids some experience, which will help down the road.and#8221;
Four different Lakers scored two goals apiece, with Riley McCarthy initiating the onslaught in the fourth minute, and Jonathan Gonzalez following with another goal just two minutes later for a quick 2-0 lead.
Gonzalez struck again in the 22nd minute after receiving an unselfish assist from Eduardo Rodriguez directly in front of the goal. In the 25th minute, Rodriguez slipped a shot under a charging Brooks, assisted by Hugo Moreno, while Eduardo Martinez extended the lead to 5-0 in the 35th minute when he drilled a shot that squirted through the hands of Brooks and into the goal.
and#8220;I’m done being goalie,and#8221; said a frustrated Brooks, to no one in particular. and#8220;I can’t feel my knee.and#8221;
Rodriguez scored his second goal just a minute later before North Tahoe senior sweeper Felipe Rodriguez decided to get in on the scoring action.
and#8220;I was trying to get a goal,and#8221; Felipe Rodriguez said. and#8220;I told our stopper to let me go up, and for someone to cover for me.and#8221;
In the final minute before the half, the senior scored the goal he sought when he blasted a scorching shot into the back of the net from 30 yards out, pushing the lead to 7-0.
Brooks got his wish to open the second half, as the Dayton coaching staff put Leo Rodriguez in the goal and moved Brooks forward. But after Martinez’s second goal in the 44th minute, assisted by Chase Whitney, and another goal by Garrett Driller in the 58th minute, Brooks reluctantly returned to the goalie position to finish out the game.
He was tested almost immediately before Driller broke through with his second goal within a 10-minute span, giving the Lakers a 10-0 lead.
With all the Lakers’ reserves in the game, Leo Rodriguez then got behind the North Tahoe defense and beat goalie Jose Chavez one-on-one to put the Dust Devils on the board in about the 70th minute.
North Tahoe freshman Miles Johansen capped the scoring with a goal that lit up the Laker bench in the final minute.
and#8220;The young kids played well. They made good passes and good decisions, so that was nice to see,and#8221; said Alcaraz, whose Lakers improved to 4-6-1 in Sierra League play, with one game remaining.
For seniors such as Rodriguez, the win was a nice way to go out on their home field.
and#8220;I’m feeling a little emotional because it’s my last game at home,and#8221; Felipe Rodriguez said. and#8220;It’s kind of sad, you know? But I’m happy because we played really well. And getting that goal was nice.and#8221;
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