Lakers sweep Warrior strikers |

Lakers sweep Warrior strikers

Jim GrantWhittell High goalkeeper Elise Thomas makes a save against North Tahoe during a Nevada 3A Lake Division match Tuesday in Zephyr Cove. The Warriors will play today at Dayton

Whittell’s soccer teams shouldn’t feel so bad.

Even though the North Tahoe Lakers defeated Whittell’s girls’ soccer team 7-1 and the boys team 7-0, the Warriors held them to respectable scores, which is more than some schools can say.

North Tahoe’s girls’ team, a 2001 state semifinalist, defeated Lovelock 17-0 earlier this year, and later defeated Spring Creek 9-0.

The boys’ teams have few reported scores, but were 3A Northern League semifinalists in 2001 and state champions in 2000.

They looked like they were ready for another state challenge Tuesday, even if a hefty chunk of its roster were players from junior varsity.

North Tahoe’s boys’ team, which is now 5-0 in the Northern 3A Lake Division with a league-high 19 total points, played Whittell without five of its regular starters, two of whom are team captains.

Captains Michael Foote and Narciso Avila, Jordan Holzer, Miguel Martinez and Travis Ganong didn’t play.

And that didn’t seem to affect how the Lakers played at all.

Depth for them is spelled Andres Modesto, Mario Vasquez, B.C. Lampman and Galen Wolford, each of whom racked up goals against the Warriors.

“These guys are pretty good players,” said Lakers’ head coach Bert Alcaraz, referring to some of the junior varsity. “It’s a matter of them believing in themselves.”

Once Alcaraz gave them the green light, they were ready to perform. And as the coach said, “They played very effectively.”

Modesto racked up three points early. And with a goal by B.C. Lampman in the 14th minute, the Lakers took a 4-0 lead before the half was half over.

The Warrior’s girls’ team had a similar experience.

The Lakers’ scored five points in the first half, with two goals by Addie Boyd and one each for Cecily Gehring, Christi Riva and Kelly Shanley.

Boyd then scored two more unassisted goals in the second half to lead her team with four total.

Whittell’s Jackie Laurian passed the ball to Jenna Hayes for the Warriors’ only goal in the 79th minute.

“We got outplayed so bad the first half that we couldn’t recover. They pounded us,” said Whittell head coach Mike Leeper. “And if you don’t come out ready to play, you’re going to get pounded.”

It didn’t help that the Warriors were without Kaitlin Green and Jannette Bak, who are both out with injuries. Green is not expected back for two weeks.

Whittell’s girls’ team is now 4-2 in league and 7-2 overall. The boys’ team, which has lost its third straight, dropped to 3-3 in league.

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