Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer suffers ‘crushing’ 2-1 loss at Feather River
QUINCY, Calif. — The Lake Tahoe women’s soccer team nearly reached the finish line on Tuesday, Oct. 6, for its first conference win. The result instead was a painful 2-1 loss at Feather River College, with the Coyotes letting a late lead slip away by allowing a pair of goals in the last five minutes.
“This was, without a doubt, one of the most crushing defeats in my coaching or playing career,” Coyotes head coach Jeremy Evans said. “We had a game plan coming in, we executed it perfectly, and then the players just went into cruise control mode after being engaged for 85 minutes.”
Lake Tahoe (2-7-1, 0-2 GVC) struck first in Tuesday’s loss, taking a 1-0 lead on a driven shot from forward Shawa Guerrero-Escobedo midway through the second half. The Coyotes held that lead until the final five minutes, when Feather River (6-4, 2-0) mounted a late comeback.
“For 85 minutes we did deserve it,” Evans said. “But unfortunately this a 90-minute game, and our players forgot that.”
The Golden Eagles scored twice in a quick span to steal the victory late. Both of Feather River’s scores came as the result of Lake Tahoe making a series of mistakes.
“These were things we had avoided doing most of the game,” Evans said. “Feather River is a very good team and the conference favorite, but we couldn’t have been in any better position to win this game.”
The Coyotes opened conference play with a 2-1 loss at Lassen College (Susanville, Calif.) on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Alexis Villanueva scored Lake Tahoe’s lone goal in the 87th minute off a corner from Brianna Carroll, minutes after a free kick from Carroll was pushed aside with an excellent save from the Cougars goalkeeper.
“The problem right now is that the team doesn’t play with any passion or desire,” Evans said. “I am not sure how or why that’s happened, or what the genesis of that reality is, but I do know that the results aren’t going to change unless our team changes its mentality and starts playing harder and for each other.
“If that happens, this team can still hit its potential.”
Lake Tahoe returns to action at home on Friday, Oct. 9, when it faces Butte College (Oroville, Calif.). Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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