NORTH TAHOE SOCCER: Lakers split at Incline
Meeting for the second and final time in the regular season, the North Tahoe soccer teams faced off with the Incline Highlanders on the road Friday. The Laker girls made the short drive home smiling after a 2-1 win, while the Laker boys left without such satisfaction, losing 3-0.
The first half of Friday’s match made all the difference for the Lakers, as they scored both their goals and set themselves up for the victory. In doing so, the Lakers secured the Northern 3A’s second seed with a 4-3 record.
North Tahoe senior Jenna Burnside put the visiting team on the scoreboard first with a shot just outside the 18-yard line midway through the half. Junior Lexi Dalmau-Jones added a second North Tahoe goal just before the half ended, netting a direct free kick from way outside the penalty box.
Trailing 2-0, the Highlanders fired up their own offense and quickly came back to score only two minutes after Dalmau-Jones’ goal.
The 2-1 halftime score remained that way for the duration as both teams pressed hard but could not manage any further points.
Laker head coach Courtney Firth attributed her team’s win to a standout performance guarding the net.
“What kept us in the game was our goalkeeper, Kea Jolicoeur,” said Firth. “She was our saving grace and showed herself to be one of the best goalies in the league.”
Hoping to get revenge for a homefield loss to Incline earlier in the season, the Laker boys arrived ready to forge an upset.
Though they started the game strong, pressuring the Highlander keeper with breakaways and steady shots, the Laker attackers just couldn’t find the net.
Incline’s strikers, on the other hand, made the moves that counted as Alex Reyes put in Incline’s first goal in the 11th minute.
The game went to half 1-0.
Play got a bit rougher in the second half as both teams cranked the intensity dial.
North Tahoe put together some solid offensive flurries but stayed on guard as Incline’s midfield kept the pressure on the Laker backfield. The Highlanders got the padding they were looking for midway through the second half as Ruben Camacho scored to make it a 2-0 game.
Not too long after, Incline’s Reyes added another goal, bringing the score to 3-0, where it remained until the final whistle.
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