Lake Tahoe CC men’s soccer rides outburst past Butte, 4-1
Tuesday, Oct. 14 vs. Butte College
Men’s game 2 p.m., Women’s game 4 p.m.
OROVILLE, Calif. — A quick outburst after halftime Tuesday helped the Lake Tahoe Community College men’s soccer team remain undefeated in conference play. The Coyotes scored three times in the opening 18 minutes of the second half against Butte College, breaking a tie to roll to a 4-1 victory.
Lake Tahoe (7-4-2, 2-0 Golden Valley) opened the scoring with a goal from midfielder Carlos Trujeque off a free kick in the 35th minute, a score assisted by midfielder Ivan Rodriguez. Butte (1-6-1, 0-1) answered two minutes later, and both teams went into the break tied 1-1 after a sluggish 45 minutes from the Coyotes.
“I told the guys at half, ‘Only losers have excuses — I don’t care about 95-degree weather or the long bus ride. If we blow this game you might as well kiss your season goodbye,’” Coyotes head coach Ben Wade said. “I guess it worked.”
LTCC broke out shortly after the second half kickoff, scoring a pair of goals in the first four minutes to take a 3-1 lead. Forward Jerryd McKellar put the Coyotes in front in the 47th minute with a goal assisted by midfielder Hector Hernandez, and two minutes later defender Josh Jirabandey scored off an assist from midfielder Soeren Gelbrecht to put LTCC two goals up.
“It was good to watch the team explode in the first 10 minutes of the second half,” Wade said. “However, the question I posed to them after the match: ‘What is keeping us from doing that for 90 minutes?’”
In the 63rd minute, Trujeque struck again to cap the onslaught and put Lake Tahoe ahead 4-1. Trujeque’s second goal was again assisted by Rodriguez, and gave the Coyotes a commanding lead.
Lake Tahoe outshot Butte 24-3 in the victory — the Roadrunner’s first-half goal came on their only shot on goal of the match. With the win, the Coyotes have won two straight to start conference play.
“If we explode forward with that kind of intensity for 90 minutes, nobody will be able to touch us,” Wade said.
Through Wednesday’s matches, Lake Tahoe is ranked 15th in the state and ninth in the north region — the top 14 teams in the north and south regions advance to the playoffs. Lake Tahoe returns to action at home next Tuesday against Butte — kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Coyotes’ women fall to Roadrunners 1-0
In the second game of Tuesday’s road doubleheader, the Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer team lost to Butte 1-0. The Roadrunners scored three minutes into the second half and held on for the shutout win to take their second straight in conference play.
Lake Tahoe (4-4-3, 0-1-1) outshot the Roadrunners 15-7 in the loss. For Butte (3-6, 2-2) the shutout was its first of the season.
Lake Tahoe returns to action Friday with a nonconference match at College of the Redwoods (Eureka, Calif.) at 2 p.m. The Coyotes resume conference play at home Tuesday against Butte at 4 p.m.
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