Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer ties Cosumnes River 0-0 in season debut, makes progress |

Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer ties Cosumnes River 0-0 in season debut, makes progress

Anthony Gentile
Lake Tahoe freshman Caitlyn Bidart tracks down Cosumnes River’s Katrina Vina in the Coyotes’ non-conference match against the Hawks on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — No goals came for the Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer team in its season opener Saturday, Aug. 27. Nonetheless, the Coyotes made progress against a team that made the playoffs a year ago.

“There were moments we could have probably broken through, but I think it was the deserved result,” Coyotes coach Jeremy Evans said.

The Coyotes played Cosumnes River College (Sacramento, Calif.) to a 0-0 tie on their home field to kick off their 2016 campaign Saturday. The Coyotes defended well and shook a slow start, but couldn’t find the back of the net after getting in rhythm.

“We wore them down a bit in the second half,” Evans said. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t have that last bit of quality in the attacking third.”

Lake Tahoe (0-0-1) struggled with possession in the opening 20 minutes, and absorbed consistent pressure from the Hawks as a result. Cosumnes River (0-0-1) threatened multiple times, and an 18th-minute shot from Annalissa Ottley required a diving stop from LTCC sophomore goalkeeper Yami Jimenez-Ojeda to keep the game scoreless.

“It was the worst 20 minutes we’ve played, and it was shocking to me because of how well we played [in our exhibitions],” Evans said. “The nerves crept back in, but they were the bad nerves.”

Once the Coyotes settled in, they played Cosumnes River evenly for the rest of the match. Lake Tahoe freshman defender KayLynn Watring had the team’s best chance of the first half, a free kick that hit off the crossbar in the 40th minute.

“By the end of the first half, we were finding our groove a little bit,” Evans said.

The game remained scoreless after halftime, and Lake Tahoe couldn’t capitalize despite catching a late break. Cosumnes River’s Annalissa Lopez was shown a red card in the 75th minute, and the Coyotes failed to get a shot on goal in the last 15 minutes as the match ended in a stalemate.

“That’s where we had to be composed and make those proper runs,” Evans said. “We didn’t get frazzled necessarily to make mistakes, we just didn’t recognize that we really could have stretched them out.”

Watring and freshman Caitlyn Bidart anchored Lake Tahoe’s defense in the draw, and Jimenez-Ojeda made five stops in the second half to preserve the shutout. A pair of substitutes — freshman midfielder Alejandra Gutierrez and Brittney Hubberts — provided strong performances off the bench Saturday.

“It was ragged at times, but I feel like it’s in a good way,” Evans said. “They’re trying to do the right things, and it’s just not clicking — but it shouldn’t click on Aug. 27.”

Lake Tahoe returns to action this weekend at home for three matches in two days. The Coyotes play on Saturday, Sept. 3, against West Hills College (Coalinga, Calif.) at 11 a.m. and Mendocino College (Ukiah, Calif.) at 4 p.m. before hosting Santa Rosa Junior College (Calif.) on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m.

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