Lakers nip Warriors in girls soccer match |

Lakers nip Warriors in girls soccer match

Mike Traum

North Tahoe High’s girls soccer team overcame a 2-0 deficit to down Whittell, 3-2, on Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.

Ashley McClure scored unassisted in the first half to give the Warriors (0-1) a 1-0 lead at the break. Caitlin Fagen opened the second half with a unassisted connection to up the lead, 2-0. But the Lakers employed constant pressure on the Warriors, who lacked the defensive speed to continually counter the quick North Tahoe forwards. A barrage of second half shots finally caught up with Whittell keeper Renee Cascino, who posted nine saves.

“I’m not disappointed. North Tahoe is a darn good team and should contend for everything,” said Whittell coach Mike Leeper. “I think they wore us down and were beating us to balls. But our girls showed a marked improvement over where they were last year (at this time) and we’re still a little young. We just need to settle down, control the field and make better decisions with the ball.”

Added team captain Samantha Laurian, “North Tahoe had really good ball control. We just didn’t get as many shots on goal as they did. We have to learn from this.”

South Tahoe High’s boys soccer team coasted to a 4-0 victory over Reed Tuesday at the South Tahoe Middle School.

Senior Angel Hernandez scored on a Jeff Orr cross to put the Vikings up 1-0 after 45 minutes. Senior Brian Winters headed a goal from Dennis Milan in the second to extend the lead. Sophomore Andy Butcher, playing in his first varsity game, moved to forward late in the contest and picked up a pair of loose-ball goals to close the scoring. Travis McCollum assisted on one.

“As soon as we scored the second goal, they pretty much gave up,” Winters said. “But it was close all game. It was going back and forth.”

Tahoe (2-0) hosts Lowry on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

South Tahoe High’s boys tennis match at Fallon on Tuesday was postponed due to rain. As of Wednesday evening, no make-up date had been determined.

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