Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer rolls past Shasta in season finale, looks to future
Golden Valley Conference standings
Team Conference Overall
Lassen 10-0 16-2-2
Feather River 7-2-1 11-6-1
Butte 6-3-1 11-5-2
Lake Tahoe 4-6 6-11-1
Redwoods 1-9 2-12
Shasta 1-9 1-12
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer team concluded a challenging season on a successful note in its finale last Friday, Nov. 13. The Coyotes beat Shasta College (Redding, Calif.) 3-0 at home to close out the campaign with a strong result.
“It was a nice to end our season on a positive note, and it was especially sweet to end with a convincing win for our eight sophomores,” Coyotes coach Jeremy Evans said. “I told them after the game that even though we didn’t make the playoffs as we all had hoped, I will be forever indebted to them for trying to make this work.”
Lake Tahoe (6-11-1, 4-6 GVC) opened the scoring in the 39th minute of Friday’s match, when Monique Rodriguez converted a breakaway to make it 1-0. Her goal was set up by a perfectly weighted through ball from Shawa Guerrero-Escobedo.
In the second half, Brianna Carroll and Valeria Garcia each found the back of the net as the Coyotes rolled to victory over Shasta (1-12, 1-9). In goal for LTCC, Alejandra Orozco and Sophia Fobaire combined to shutout the Knights.
The Coyotes’ eight sophomores were recognized prior to the match, and all were on the field for the opening whistle. Each of Lake Tahoe’s second-year players — Carroll, Orozco, Mackenna Lynn, Alexis Villanueva, Yesenia Jaimes. Fatima Garcia, Minerva Sanchez and Ariana Torres-Barajas — hail from South Lake Tahoe.
“I told them I will work to build this program, and make them proud they played this season — and that they can look back on the 2015 season and say ‘I was part of building this tradition’ because the future is bright,” Evans said. “When I took over the program, it was basically like starting over because of the state of the roster.”
In its first year under Evans, LTCC finished fourth in the Golden Valley Conference following a stellar inaugural season. Though the Coyotes’ 2015 campaign was filled with ups and downs, Evans believes the foundation has been laid for future success.
“I am proud of what I was able to put together in a short time period because I worked to hard to build this roster, but now the focus is on the future and starting our upward trajectory,” Evans said.
Looking ahead to the 2016 season, Evans said his goal is to bring in 18 freshmen. LTCC already has five commitments with more planned in the coming weeks.
“I plan on the 2016 class being a special one, and as a result, I plan on our improvement next year being more by big leaps than little hops,” Evans said. “The recruits that have committed and the ones that are close to committing are all serious soccer players that demand a high standard from me and my program, so that is what I must give them.”