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Tahoe soccer players enjoy prestigious U-16 title

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

Now soccer fans know why the San Juan Predators youth soccer team’s player search reached as far away as South Lake Tahoe for talent.

Alex Torres scored two goals and Tim Head contributed to a stingy defense as the Predators defeated the DeAnza Ruckus 3-1 to win the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Northern California U-16 boys championship on Sunday in Livermore, Calif.

“It feels really good,” Head said. “It just shows our hard work paid off. Now we’re looking forward to going to regionals, working hard and winning that also.”

The title earned the Predators a berth in the June 23 regionals in Salt Lake City.

“We’re a good team,” Torres said. “We’re just happy to try our best and see how other teams will play at regionals.”

With the Predators ahead 1-0, Torres headed in a crossing pass. After the Ruckus cut their deficit in half, Torres blasted in a shot from 20 yards out for the clinching blow.

“I was pumped up, so I played pretty good,” said Torres, who had a hat trick earlier in the season.

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