North Tahoe soccer teams get tune-ups
The North Tahoe girls soccer team lost three consecutive games by a single point in the season-opening Howell Memorial Tournament at Galena High School this past weekend.
After playing Whittell to a 1-1 tie through regulation on Friday, the Lakers lost 2-1 in a shootout. Sage Clark scored North Tahoe’s only goal.
The Lakers lost both games on Saturday by scores of 1-0 against Reno and South Tahoe ” both 4A programs.
North Tahoe head coach Courtney Firth said the Lakers had a number of opportunities to score, but they simply could not find the back of the net, despite some good shots.
“It was frustrating because the girls played so awesome, especially with three new coaches and a new system,” said Firth, who’s entering her first season as head coach.
Firth said she was encouraged by her team’s performance.
“I think they did a great job,” the coach said. “It was a great opportunity to see our strengths and weaknesses and get an idea what we still need to work on.”
The Laker girls play at Truckee on Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. Stay tuned for a season preview as soon as a final roster and schedule are received.
The North Tahoe boys soccer team lost its first game of the season 9-0 to visiting Jesuit (Calif.) on Saturday.
“That was the best team we’ve ever played,” said Lakers head coach Beto Alcaraz, adding emphasis to the word “ever.”
Jesuit, located in Carmichael, is one of the top teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section, having won seven section titles. The team often ranks as one of the best boys soccer programs in the nation.
Alcaraz said the Lakers faced Jesuit in last year’s Del Campo Tournament, losing 2-0 in a shortened game because of the tournament format. But last year’s Laker team was more polished at that point in the season, with a strong veteran presence compared with this year’s relatively young squad.
Despite the lopsided loss, Alcaraz said playing against such a highly competitive program is good for his team and its progression.
“I think our players look at that level of soccer and realize and learn that they can play at the same level,” the coach said. “To me, Jesuit had great teamwork, and these guys see what it takes to play like that. I’ve always said, in order to be the best, you have to play the best.”
North Tahoe hosts Nevada Union on Wednesday at 6 p.m., then plays in the Del Campo Tournament in Rocklin on Friday and Saturday.
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