Lake Tahoe CC soccer battles Feather River in doubleheader, women hang on for 3-2 win
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Community College soccer teams got their first Golden Valley Conference test during a home doubleheader Friday, Sept. 30. Against perennial power Feather River College, LTCC’s women delivered a 3-2 win while the Coyotes’ men played to a scoreless draw — results that keep both teams unbeaten in conference play.
COYOTES WOMEN HANG ON AGAINST GOLDEN EAGLES
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Lake Tahoe women’s team hung on for a 3-2 win over Feather River. The Coyotes had a two-goal lead in the 69th minute, and held on for victory despite a late goal from the Golden Eagles.
“It’s big — they’re our rival team and they’ve been the top team in the league for many years,” said Coyotes sophomore Shawa Guerrero-Escobedo, who scored twice in the match. “It’s good to actually beat them.”
Lake Tahoe (5-3-2, 2-0 GVC) struck first Friday, opening the scoring when sophomore Shawa Guerrero-Escobedo found the back of the net in the eighth minute. That was one of the few scoring chances for either team in the first half, and the Coyotes held a 1-0 lead at the break.
Feather River (5-4, 1-1) tied the match six minutes into the second half on a goal from Lara Flicke, but Lake Tahoe quickly answered. In the 55th minute, freshman Marlie Mandaguit got on the end of a cross from freshman Rebecca Niblett and buried it to make the score 2-1.
Two minutes after the Coyotes took the lead, a red card took them down to 10 players. But that didn’t slow the hosts’ attack.
“Shawa did what Shawa does — score goals in big moments — and that eased the pressure,” Coyotes coach Jeremy Evans said.
In the 69th minute, Guerrero-Escobedo corralled a pass from sophomore Kendall Eagan at the top of the box — then converted a second one-on-one chance. The Las Vegas native dribbled right to elude Feather River’s goalkeeper before putting away her second goal of the match and team-leading ninth of the season.
“Kendall is a player that will get you the ball at your feet all the time,” Guerrero-Escobedo said. “It’s something I expect from her and I’m always ready for her passes.”
Ahead 3-1, it was anything but smooth for the Coyotes in the last 20 minutes. Lake Tahoe couldn’t maintain consistent possession, and eventually gave up an own goal in the 87th minute.
“For a very, very smart group of girls, we collectively did not play smart at the end,” Evans said. “I think the nerves got to them — there’s a rivalry there.”
Feather River had chances to pull even in the last minutes of the match, but the Coyotes were able to hang on. It wasn’t Lake Tahoe’s best performance of the season, but the result was a second straight win to start conference play.
“It’s nice that they were able to find a way to win, but we have to learn how not to put ourselves in that position,” Evans said. “We’re too good of a team to go backwards now — everything has to be an upward tick.”
PLAYOFF REMATCH ENDS IN DRAW FOR LAKE TAHOE CC MEN
The Lake Tahoe and Feather River men’s teams renewed their rivalry in the second game of the doubleheader. And just as was the case when the sides met with a Final Four berth on the line last season, neither team could find the back of the net Friday.
Lake Tahoe (5-3-4, 1-0-1) couldn’t be separated from Feather River (5-0-3, 1-0-1) during the course of 90 minutes, resulting in a scoreless draw between the main contenders for the conference crown. In last year’s third round, the Coyotes won in penalties after the game remained scoreless through regulation and extra time.
The two-time defending conference champion Coyotes have finished just ahead of Feather River each of the last two seasons, leading to a rivalry between the teams. Friday’s result adds significance to the rematch between the teams in Quincy, California, on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Both teams return to action with a home doubleheader against Lassen College on Friday, Oct. 7. The women’s match is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the men’s game afterward.