TAHOE VISTA, CA - Sierra Nevada fought hard, but unfortunately not enough to earn a win. The College of Idaho (CI) was dominant in the first half, earning their first score in the eighth minute. From then on, they were on a roll. SNC's Izak Cortez made a beautiful shot assisted by Alex Moreno (FR/Long Beach, CA) ending the fist period with a 4-1 deficit.
SNC came back in the second half getting the first goal of the half by Alonso Garcia (FR/El Paso, TX), unassisted. With a two point deficit, it seemed like the Eagles could make a comeback, but CI fought back. With two more goals for each team, the final score ended with a loss for SNC 5-3.
"The cancellation of two games really affected our game experience," says coach Christian DeLeon. "Our young team showed their inexperience in the first half. College of Idaho had quality midfielders that took our game inexperience and exploited them. The second half our team matured in front of our eyes. As they played we saw them connect passes, change formation, believe in the system. We missed several opportunites including a PK and others in front of the goal that were saved but we had a lot more chances than CI in the second half. Now with two goalkeepers injured, we prepare for a tough opponent in Menlo College that has an incredible established program. I [purposefully proposed] a tough non-conference to prepare us for our conference games."
The Eagles will have another chance to earn their first win this Thursday at home when they compete against Menlo College.