Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer rallies past Shasta 3-2 to stay on track for playoffs; Coyotes men roll
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer team has had a flair for the dramatic throughout Golden Valley Conference play. In its regular season home finale Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Coyotes once again produced late heroics for a critical victory.
“They are resilient — and they like to make it difficult on themselves,” Coyotes coach Jeremy Evans said.
Freshman Kenya Maltase scored the game-winning goal in the 81st minute to lift Lake Tahoe to a 3-2 comeback victory over Shasta College on Tuesday. The Coyotes erased a halftime deficit to beat the Knights and deliver a victory necessary to keep their playoff hopes alive.
“It’s really nice to see our team always be able to pull it together in the end,” Coyotes sophomore Shawa Guerrero-Escobedo said. “That’s what we did in this game — and we’ve been doing that in every single game.”
Lake Tahoe (10-5-4, 7-2-2 GVC) trailed five minutes into Tuesday’s match, but pulled even on a goal from freshman Marlie Mandaguit in the 17th minute. Shasta (7-7-4, 3-4-4) found the back of the net in the 39th minute after the Coyotes failed to clear a corner kick — and took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
The Coyotes quickly made it 2-2 in the second half, scoring when Guerrero-Escobedo slid into the end of a cross for a goal in the 49th minute. Lake Tahoe dominated possession and chances the rest of the way — but the match remained tied with 10 minutes left.
“I believed it was going to happen, I just didn’t know when,” Evans said.
Then Maltase corralled a long pass from freshman Victoria Sanchez, settled the ball near the top of the box and put a shot on frame. The low strike went past the goalkeeper and just inside the right post to give Lake Tahoe a 3-2 lead with nine minutes left in regulation — the hosts held on from there to secure the win.
“Kenya came up with one of the biggest goals that she’s scored,” Evans said. “That goal saves our season, that goal keeps us in line for a playoff bid — if we tie, we’re done.
“Even though it was stressful, I’m glad the girls found a way.”
LAKE TAHOE MEN ROLL TO 8-1 VICTORY OVER KNIGHTS
In the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the LTCC men’s team rolled to an 8-1 victory over Shasta. Seven different players scored for the Coyotes in the victory, as they turned a three-goal halftime lead into a rout with three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
“It was just about keeping our heads,” freshman Dalton Rice said. “We started off slow, but we got into it.”
Lake Tahoe (11-4-6, 7-1-3) put up another strong offensive performance since making changes in personnel and formation to boost its attack. The Coyotes’ 4-3-3 formation featured in the last six matches has freshman Sean Keith alongside sophomore Jack Larter — a converted center back — in a combination that has proven dangerous up top.
“Jack demands the ball, possesses the ball and moving him up top gave our offense a little bit of a boost,” Coyotes coach Nick Arbelaez said. “It was a move that had to be made.”
“It was a weird transition, but I think it’s gone well,” added Larter, who has scored seven goals since the switch.
Keith scored twice against Shasta (5-12, 3-8) while Larter totaled three assists. After enduring a stretch in the middle of the season where they struggled to score, the Coyotes appear to have hit their offensive stride with the postseason approaching.
“We have a lot of confidence, and scoring goals helps,” Keith said. “The confidence is high and everyone trusts each other — we’re just ready to go for playoffs and can’t wait to get at it.”
Both teams concluded the regular season with a doubleheader against College of the Redwoods played at Butte College (Oroville, Calif.) on Thursday, Nov. 11. The CCCAA playoffs begin Saturday, Nov. 19.