Roberts nets hat trick; LTCC starts season with pair of wins
The Lake Tahoe Community college women’s soccer team has exploded out of the starting gate.
The Coyotes claimed shut out victories in each of their first two games including Wednesday’s 4-0 home win over Cosumnes River College and a 2-0 road win Friday, Aug. 31, over Mount San Antonio College.
Emily Roberts recorded her first collegiate hat trick in the Coyotes win on Wednesday. Roberts’ three goals all came within 21 minutes in the second half. She scored in the 48th, 54th and 69th minutes.
Cheyenne Banks assisted on two of the goals and Angie Hurtado helped on the other score.
Lauren Wolcott got the Coyotes on the scoreboard early with a goal in the eight minute off an assist from Annie Brejc.
It was the Coyotes first victory over Cosumnes River in the school’s five-year history.
“I thought we came out with tremendous energy,” said fourth-year coach Jeremy Evans. “Our girls love to work hard and play together which is evident and great to see as a coach. I do think we could be smarter with our energy at times, but that’s a nitpicky thing that will come once the team has more time together. CRC is always a well-coached team and I was happy to come away with another shutout. We still haven’t played a game at full strength whether because of injuries or eligibility issues, so we’re still going to get better.”
Wolcott and Roberts each scored first-half goals against Mt. Sac in the Coyotes season opener.
Sophomore goalie Claudia Janese, who posted 17 shutouts in 2017, now has 19 overall in her two seasons.
In three games so far this season, including a preseason exhibition against NCAA Division II San Francisco State, the Lady Coyotes haven’t allowed a goal.
Roberts and Hurtado both had shots that bounced off the post as LTCC dominated the first half of play before the game evened out in the second.
“I’m certainly happy that we started our season with a win on the road against a quality opponent, but overall the performance was uneven,” Evans said. “I thought we were the better team and we came out with great energy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t sustain it. When we got tired and the game grew more physical in the second half, our play broke down a bit.”
LTCC was ranked No. 7 in the preseason United Soccer Coaches national poll and moved up to No. 5 this week after a pair of teams above it in the rankings lost.
The ranking is the highest in the program’s five-year history.
LTCC next will host Napa Valley College at 5 p.m. Friday and won’t play a home game for another two weeks.