North Tahoe soccer | Laker boys, girls compete in 3A crossover tourney
The North Tahoe girls’ soccer team finished 2-1-1 while the boys went 1-1-2 in a Northern 3A crossover tournament at Fallon this past Friday and Saturday.
The Laker boys began the tournament with a 4-2 win against Battle Mountain on Friday before playing Fernley to a 2-2 tie. The next day the boys tied White Pine, 2-2, and lost to Elko, 2-1, to end the tourney.
Jonathan Gonzalez scored two goals for the Lakers against Battle Mountain while Austin Nall and Eduardo Martinez scored one apiece. Riley McCarthy and Martinez accounted for the goals against Fernley, Martinez and Eduardo Rodriguez scored a goal each against White Pine, and Danny Garcia contributed a goal in the loss to Elko.
The Laker boys are now 1-3-2 overall on the season.
Jon Rockwood, head coach of the Laker girls, said his team was eager to face some live competition after playing only a scrimmage to date. It showed on the field, as the Lakers pounced Battle Mountain, 9-0, to start the tournament Friday. The Lakers went on to tie Fernley, 4-4, the same day before defeating White Pine, 2-0, on Saturday. They ended the tourney with a 3-0 loss to Elko.
Five North Tahoe players got in on the scoring action against Battle Mountain, as Sammi Schulte, Liz Buhler, Angela Wood and Emily Pieper scored two goals apiece and Julia Semmens scored one.
and#8220;We played well as a team and created many scoring opportunities. However, I would like to see more consistency in our passing,and#8221; Rockwood said. and#8220;Against a team like Battle Mountain, we should be able to possess the ball much better.and#8221;
Schulte, Wood and Kami Abi-Nader each scored in the tie against Fernley, while Audrie Johnson, a freshman, scored the tying goal in the final 2 minutes. Rockwood said he was pleased with the Lakers’ ability to finish on offense, but he still wanted to see better possession and improved movement off the ball, he said.
and#8220;I think we should have won that game, but I am happy with the tie,and#8221; the coach said.
Schulte and Wood continued their solid play against White Pine, with each contributing a goal in the shutout win. Rockwood said he experimented with various lineups in the game while playing some of the younger, less experienced girls.
The Lakers found out just how tough Elko out of the Humboldt League is in their finale, as the Indians handed them their first loss of young season.
and#8220;Elko has a strong team,and#8221; Rockwood said. and#8220;Their movement off the ball is excellent and their wide midfield players do a great job of creating space on the field. They we able to push us off the ball and won most of the 50/50 challenges. We need to predict the game better and think ahead.
and#8220;If we meet in the postseason, we will play a faster game with more movement off the ball. Elko looks strong. I’m sure they will make it far this year.
The tournament was intended to match up Sierra League schools against their Humboldt League rivals from the eastern half of the state. The two leagues don’t see each other again until playoffs.
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