Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer falls to first-place Lassen 3-0 |

Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer falls to first-place Lassen 3-0

Anthony Gentile
Lake Tahoe players (left to right) Monique Rodriguez, Valeria Garcia, Brianna Carroll and Yesenia Jaimes form a wall in the Coyotes’ Golden Valley Conference match against Lassen on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

Coyotes doubleheader

Lake Tahoe vs. Feather River

Friday, Oct. 30, at LTCC

Men’s game 2 p.m., women’s game 4 p.m.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer team kept up with the top team in its conference for large stretches on Tuesday, Oct. 27, but broke down late in each half en route to defeat. The Coyotes fell to Lassen Community College (Susanville, Calif.) 3-0 at home, ending a two-game winning streak.

“We have an issue with not playing for 90 minutes,” Coyotes head coach Jeremy Evans said. “We tune out for a couple minutes, and that can’t happen. At this level, you have to find a way to focus and finish out the game.”

Lake Tahoe (4-9-1, 2-4 GVC) rolled out a 3-5-2 formation in its second meeting with the Cougars in an effort to disrupt their possession in the midfield. The Coyotes’ formation held Lassen (12-5, 7-0) in check, but LTCC ultimately spent most of the match defending.

“A lot of it is about recovery runs, turnovers and what the back three have to do,” Evans said. For the most part, they did do it — but it has to be 10 out of 10 times, and we just had just defensive mishaps and slip-ups.”

The match was scoreless until the last minute of the first half, when Lassen opened the scoring with goal that crushed the hosts. Cougars winger Emily Benton dribbled through Lake Tahoe’s defense and hit a shot from 25 yards out that flew into the top right corner of the net in the 45th minute — instead of a scoreless tie, the Coyotes trailed by a goal at the break.

“That goal at the end of the first half was demoralizing,” Evans said. “We played well in the first half.”

Lake Tahoe struggled to create meaningful possession in the second half, and eventually had its defense broken down by Lassen. The Cougars extended their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Micada Van Der Heyde in the 73rd minute, and capped the scoring when Teleya Reynolds scored seven minutes later.

“If we make three better choices at three moments in the game, they’re going to have to score a different way,” Evans said. “We didn’t make them beat us.”

The Coyotes had only one shot on goal for the entire match, a sixth-minute hit from Shawa Guerrero-Escobedo that was saved by Lassen’s goalkeeper. For most of the match, Lake Tahoe had trouble creating chances and possessing in the attacking third.

“We don’t have any real person that wants the ball sometimes and that’s important,” Evans said. “If you don’t have someone that wants the ball and is gravitating to the ball, it’s going to be hard to link up play.”

Lake Tahoe returns to action on Friday, Oct. 30, when it hosts Feather River College (Quincy, Calif.) in the second game of a doubleheader at LTCC. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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