The North Tahoe boys’ and girls’ soccer teams made easy work of their visiting Ruby Mountain League counterparts in a Division III crossover tournament on Friday and Saturday.
In six games total between both North Tahoe teams, the Lakers allowed only one goal while outscoring their competition by a collective margin of 57-1. The girls scored 29 goals and the boys 28.
The Laker boys defeated White Pine 7-1 on Friday and followed up the next day with 11-0 and 10-0 wins against West Wendover and Battle Mountain, respectively.
Eduardo Martinez was a scoring machine throughout the tourney, as he finished with a team-high eight goals, while Danny Garcia scored seven goals and Riley McCarthy contributed three goals and a team-high seven assists.
Adrian Ortega scored three goals in the tournament, while Wildon DesLauriers and Chase Whitney put in two goals apiece, and Nico Monforte, Trevor Semmens and Garrett Driller each scored once.
North Tahoe’s girls blanked White Pine 5-0 on Friday before routing West Wendover 13-0 on Saturday and Battle Mountain 11-0 later that day.
“I’m glad we got to play a couple of offensive games,” said North Tahoe head coach Jon Rockwood, who was not able to attend both Saturday games. “All too often we find ourselves in a midfield and defensive battle and can only achieve a few shots on goal. I hope that the girls carry this offensive momentum into the first league games this week.”
Against White Pine, Emily Pieper scored two goals and assisted one, Francesca English scored two goals, Liz Buhler scored a goal on a penalty kick, and Bozhie Pokorny recorded two assists.
“While there is always room for improvement, it’s encouraging to me to see the girls playing sound, fundamental soccer even when not necessary,” Rockwood said. “The habits and decision-making of good soccer are there, we just need to increase the pace against better teams. Still, the girls played very well and I’m proud of the final result.”
The Lakers took care of business in a lopsided beating of West Wendover, which only recently started a soccer program. “Hats off to them for starting a program,” Rockwood said.
UP NEXT: North Tahoe hosts Whittell in a Mount Rose League clash Thursday on Dollar Hill. The girls play at 4 p.m. and the boys at 6.