Lake Tahoe Community College women clinch 1st GVC soccer title
Six players scored and six different players assisted on goals Tuesday as the Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer team clinched its first-ever Golden Valley Conference championship with an 8-1 win over rival Feather River College in Quincy.
The conference title gives the Lady Coyotes an automatic berth into the Northern California regional playoffs that begin later this month.
The Coyotes finished second in both the 2014 and 2016 seasons, but with two games remaining in the regular season and sitting 2.5 games ahead of second-place Shasta, they are putting the finishing touches on one of the more dominant conference seasons in GVC history.
Lake Tahoe (14-2-3 overall, 10-0 conference) has outscored conference opponents 70-1 thus far and have scored a combined 88 goals this season — second most in conference history behind Lassen’s 130 goals in 2004. Meanwhile, the team had posted nine consecutive conference shutouts and 10 overall before the Golden Eagles scored on Tuesday with a well-placed shot in the first half that landed in the upper corner. The one goal allowed in league play is the least amount of goals in GVC history through 10 games (Lassen team holds the conference record in that category with two goals allowed last season).
Although the Coyotes want to finish out the final two games strong and get back to disallowing goals, third-year coach Jeremy Evans loves his team’s mental makeup heading into the postseason.
“Feather River’s goal was well deserved and obviously we were bound to get scored on at some point,” Evans said. “This team is tremendously focused and was actually more mad about giving up a goal than they were happy about winning the conference title. They are, of course, proud of their accomplishment. Being the first women’s team in the program’s four-year history to win a conference title is special, but I just get the feeling their goals are larger than a conference title. We have some really serious players who love soccer and enjoy being around each other, and when you have that, even more special things can happen.”
Sophomore Rebecca Niblett scored the game’s first two goals, both coming in the opening 10 minutes. Truckee High graduate Zareli Villa added two second-half goals and South Tahoe graduates Kenya Maltase, Emma Dayberry and Brooke King each had a goal and an assist. Mylene Moran finished the scoring in the 85th minute.
Villa now leads the team with 14 goals, but with eight different players recording double-digit points (goals and assists combined) so far this season, the Coyotes have one of the more balanced offenses in the state. Their 88 goals are the second-most goals scored by any team in California this season.
Lake Tahoe, which is ranked No. 10 nationally, closes out the regular season with a game Friday, Nov. 3, against College of Redwoods in Davis, then a road contest against Shasta College on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Redding.