North Tahoe soccer | Girls rout Battle Mountain, Pershing County
TAHOE VISTA — The North Tahoe girls peppered Battle Mountain’s goal from start to finish Friday. Nine shots in the game-long barrage connected, and the Lakers trotted off 9-0 victors in their league opener.
“I thought the girls played well,” said first-year North Tahoe coach Stephanie Bales. “It was a very physical game and the girls stepped up and played together as a team. It’s early in the season and there are still some aspects we need to improve on, but overall we played well.”
The Lakers rode the momentum of their win out to Lovelock, where they defeated Pershing County 5-1 on Saturday.
Hosting Battle Mountain at North Tahoe Regional Park, North Tahoe wasted little time establishing its dominance.
Junior Bryn Anderson scored the first of her three goals just five minutes into the contest. She then followed up with a second goal five minutes later, using an assist from Julia Semmens.
The Lakers pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 16th minute, as Valencia Covell got in on the scoring action after receiving a nicely placed cross from Anderson.
Semmens buried North Tahoe’s fourth goal three minutes later one a one-on-one breakaway, and Maddie Cleeland extended the lead to 5-0 with a goal in the 28th minute.
Freshman Sophie Hudson scored the Lakers’ final goal of the half after stepping in front of a goal kick and beat the Battle Mountain keeper one-on-one.
Anderson completed her hat trick in the second half — three goals — while Haley Perkins scored two goals in the frame to round out the scoring. Emma Sproehnle had two assists.
Anderson picked up were she left off at Pershing County. She recorded her second straight hat trick, with one assist, to help lead North Tahoe to its second straight lopsided win.
Along with Anderson, Cleeland and Piper Joubert scored a goal apiece, and Semmens and Jane Nall each contributed an assist.