Lake Tahoe CC men’s soccer beats Lassen 4-1, wins conference title |

Lake Tahoe CC men’s soccer beats Lassen 4-1, wins conference title

Anthony Gentile
The Lake Tahoe Community College men’s soccer team, pictured before the season, clinched the Golden Valley Conference championship with a win at Lassen last Friday.
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SUSANVILLE, Calif. — In its first season, the Lake Tahoe Community College men’s soccer team has a championship to celebrate. The Coyotes beat Lassen College 4-1 on Friday — a victory that clinched the Golden Valley Conference title.

“It was the best win possible,” Coyotes head coach Ben Wade said. “Winning the conference was so sweet and doing it against Lassen was fate — they have a good program, so to do it there was extra sweet.”

Lake Tahoe (12-4-3, 6-0-1 Golden Valley) trailed two minutes into the match, but quickly regained control. The Coyotes scored three goals in a 20-minute stretch to take a 3-1 lead into halftime.

Forward Sam Kitchen tied the match in the sixth minute, and put LTCC in front 10 minutes later — both goals were assisted by forward Jarryd McKellar. In the 26th minute, McKellar scored off an assist from midfielder Soeren Gelbrecht to give the Coyotes a two-goal lead.

Defender Jordan Potts was sent off in the 45th minute, forcing Lake Tahoe to play the second half a man down. Midfielder Ali Giamattei added to the Coyotes’ lead after the break, a 60th-minute goal assisted by defender Josh Jirbandey.

For Lake Tahoe, the win secured the conference championship with one match left in the regular season. The Coyotes maintained a three-point lead over Feather River College — and hold the tiebreaker with the Golden Eagles.

Lake Tahoe is ranked 14th in the state and seventh in Northern California in the latest CCCAA polls, released last Thursday. In the power rankings, the Coyotes sat 11th in the state and sixth in Northern California through Friday’s matches.

The Coyotes concluded the regular season with a 6-0 win at Shasta College (Redding, Calif.) on Tuesday. LTCC finished unbeaten in eight conference matches.

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