Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer blanks Lassen 3-0 |

Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer blanks Lassen 3-0

Anthony Gentile

SUSANVILLE, Calif. — The Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer team rolled to a victory on the road Friday to extend its unbeaten streak in conference play. The Coyotes shut out Lassen College 3-0, a victory that ensured they would finish no lower than second in the Golden Valley Conference.

“It’s something awesome for a first-year program,” Coyotes head coach Christian DeLeon said. “To do what we’re doing is pretty commendable on their part — I’ve never had all 23 girls at a practice and we’ve never had a full-field scrimmage to try different things.”

Lake Tahoe scored twice in the first half of its three-goal victory. Midfielder Gabriela Yanez opened the scoring in the 14th minute off an assist from midfielder Brianna Carroll, and forward Tianna Carrington found the back of the net 16 minutes later assisted by midfielder Marisol Lizaola.

“We took control pretty fast — we had great opportunities early on and from there we just took it to them,” DeLeon said. “It was difficult for them to gain any kind of momentum or rhythm because we handled them pretty well.”

After halftime, midfielder Tess Braun scored off an assist from Carrington to put the Coyotes ahead 3-0. LTCC goalkeeper Alejandra Orozco made 11 saves in the victory.

Friday’s win improved Lake Tahoe to 5-1-3 in conference play and extended its conference unbeaten streak to seven matches. The Coyotes are two points behind league-leading Feather River College — LTCC has one match remaining and FRC has two still to play.

On Saturday, the Coyotes dropped their home regular season finale to one of the top teams in the state. Lake Tahoe lost to Fresno City College 4-1 — the Rams came into the match ranked second in the state in the latest CCCAA poll.

“That’s a really top-notch, classy team,” DeLeon said. “It’s a really good team with girls that know where they’re going to be at all times and work very well together.”

Forward Tiffany Roberts scored Lake Tahoe’s only goal in the loss, a 26th-minute strike. Fresno (16-0-2) opened the scoring in the eighth minute, and had a 3-1 lead at halftime.

Lake Tahoe (9-5-5) received votes in the latest CCCAA Northern California poll, released last Thursday. The Coyotes are ranked 11th in Northern California through Monday’s matches — the top 16 teams qualify for the state tournament.

“Hopefully we don’t drop too much in the standings now — we have our last game on Tuesday and other teams have at least two to three more games,” DeLeon said. “Their points will catch up and start dropping us, but hopefully not below 13th.

“Just making it to the dance would be awesome for these girls — we’re believing in that and we’re preparing for it.”

The Coyotes concluded the regular season Tuesday at Shasta College (Redding, Calif.). LTCC won the first meeting between the teams 4-0.

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