Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer suffers first loss, falls to Santa Rosa 4-0
Lake Tahoe at Cabrillo
Friday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer team produced a stronger performance in its second match of the season, but couldn’t avoid defeat. The Coyotes fell at home to Santa Rosa Junior College (Calif.) 4-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 1, for their first loss of the season.
“In little pockets we’re doing well, but it’s not all across the field,” Coyotes head coach Jeremy Evans said. “We’re just not connecting like we should, and you can tell the chemistry is just not there.”
Lake Tahoe (1-1) fell behind early in the match on a set piece. Santa Rosa (2-0) scored on a header from Holle Depina off a corner kick in the sixth minute, taking the lead on the first shot of the match.
“It’s just not marking up,” Evans said. “It was a well-struck corner kick, but to get an unchallenged header in the box against a girl that is quite physical is pretty unacceptable.”
The Coyotes put their first shot on goal in the 13th minute, an attempt from forward Shawa Guerrero-Escobedo after taking on three Bear Cub defenders. Santa Rosa controlled the first 20 minutes before Lake Tahoe began to establish possession, and the visitors held a 1-0 lead at the break.
“They fought and fought, and we had more moments than we did in our first match,” Evans said.
In the second half, Santa Rosa scored a pair of goals in quick succession to put the game out of reach. The Bear Cubs took a 2-0 lead when Amanda Galbraith corralled a long punt inside LTCC’s box and flicked it past goalkeeper Sophia Fobaire — then they added another a minute later off a Coyotes turnover.
“To let that one in right after the second one shows some mental weakness that we have to get better at,” Evans said. “When you’re getting physically weak, you need to tune in mentally and still do the little things — for that five-minute span we just didn’t do it.”
After Lake Tahoe went behind 3-0, it spent a majority of the last half-hour on defense, and Santa Rosa iced the match with a goal in the 85th minute. The Coyotes had a pair of corner kicks in the second half, but didn’t put a shot on goal.
“We’re defending so much that when we get the ball, we’re surprised and we don’t what to do with it,” Evans said. “We’re not thinking one or two steps ahead, and at this level you have to or you’re late.”
A trio of sophomores delivered strong performances for LTCC in Tuesday’s defeat. Mackenna Lynn led Lake Tahoe’s defense while continuing to adjust to her new position as center back, Brianna Carroll provided a positive impact both on the back line and in the midfield, and reserve goalkeeper Alejandra Orozco had a handful of nice touches while seeing action at forward.
“I did see little steps, but the mental breakdowns say we’re not quite there yet,” Evans said.
The Coyotes return to action Friday, Sept. 4, when they travel to play Cabrillo College (Aptos, Calif.). Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“This is a tough stretch,” Evans said. “Right now, it’s about competing and challenging their heart a little bit — the soccer stuff we can take care of in time.”