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Lake Tahoe CC men’s soccer downs Lassen 3-2, extends unbeaten streak to 12 matches

Anthony Gentile
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Lake Tahoe midfielder Bryan Panameno tracks down a loose ball in front of a Lassen defender in the Coyotes’ Golden Valley Conference match against the Cougars on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Community College men’s soccer team opened the second round of conference play by beating the only team it didn’t the first time around. The Coyotes downed Lassen Community College (Susanville, Calif.) 3-2 on Tuesday, Oct. 27, extending their unbeaten streak to 12 matches.

“We have a good group of guys who play hard and have talent, but we are becoming a great team and that is what counts,” Coyotes head coach Ben Wade said.

Lake Tahoe (12-3-2, 5-0-1 GVC) broke a 1-1 halftime tie on Tuesday with a pair of second-half goals, then held on for its sixth straight victory. Ross Brogan put the Coyotes in front 2-1 with his second of the match off an assist from Dillan Yatusake in the 52nd minute, and 16 minutes later Josh Sapsed found the back of the net assisted by Carlos Trujeque.

Lassen (11-4-2, 4-2-1) cut it to 3-2 when Aaron Benjamin scored in the 75th minute, but the Coyotes saw out the win in the last quarter-hour. The match ended with Cougars’ players Denayu Theophane and Donik Sopa being sent off with red cards.

Both teams traded goals in the first half, leaving the match knotted 1-1 at the break. Brogan opened the scoring in the 12th minute off an assist from Ivan Rodriguez — the Cougars responded with a goal in the 38th minute to even the score.

The Coyotes are currently atop the Golden Valley Conference by a point ahead of second-place Feather River College (Quincy, Calif.). Lake Tahoe is ranked sixth in the regional and 10th in the statewide power rankings, and checked in at 11th in the NSCAA Junior College Div. III national rankings released Tuesday.

“We haven’t yet peaked and we are winning close games that count,” Wade said. “That’s the mark of a championship team.”

Lake Tahoe returns to action on Friday, Oct. 30, when it hosts Feather River in the opener of a doubleheader at LTCC. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.