Lake Tahoe CC men’s soccer downs defensive-minded Shasta 2-0
The Lake Tahoe Community College men’s soccer team survived a defensive-minded opponent Tuesday to remain unbeaten in conference play. The Coyotes did all their scoring in a two-minute span at the end of the first half to beat Shasta College (Redding, Calif.) 2-0 in their last home match of the regular season.
“It was very difficult to play a team that was of such poor caliber that basically just packed it in the box and hoped to keep the score down,” Coyotes head coach Ben Wade said. “Their plan worked — they kept the score down and we played to their level.”
Lake Tahoe (9-4-3, 4-0-1 Golden Valley) controlled play from the outset, and couldn’t get on the board early despite a number of chances. Shasta (3-10-3, 2-2-1) put most of its players behind the ball, and finished the match with only one shot on target.
Late in the first half, the Coyotes broke through with a pair of goals in quick succession. Forward Sam Kitchen opened the scoring in the 43rd minute by taking a long pass, dribbling through two defenders and firing a half-volley from the top of the 18-yard box that dipped in over Knights goalkeeper Alexis Real.
Just before the halftime whistle, Lake Tahoe added to its lead. Midfielder Carlos Trujeque took a pass from defender Josh Jirbandey in the right side of the box, cut inside and fired a shot from 10 yards out that hit off the crossbar and in to make the score 2-0.
Lake Tahoe couldn’t add to its lead after the break despite recording 22 shots and six corners. Part of that was due to the play of Real, who made a handful of quality saves and stopped a Coyotes penalty kick in the 72nd minute.
In the 78th minute, Lake Tahoe midfielder Otto Sekandangu was given a red card for a challenge on a Shasta player. For a stretch after that, the Coyotes had a one-man advantage despite being a man down — the Knights didn’t have any subs, and injuries forced them to nine players for approximately 10 minutes.
Through Tuesday’s matches, Lake Tahoe was ranked 15th in the state and eighth in Northern California. The Coyotes return to action Friday at Feather River College (Quincy, Calif.) and play a non-conference match at Fresno City College (Calif.) next Tuesday.