LHS soccer teams kick off season
The boys' team edged the Hornets 1-0 and the girls settled for a 3-3 tie.
Lassen boys' head coach Matti Ripatti held a mixed reaction to his team's performance.
"It was a exciting game. We had some nice combination plays and good passes, but didn't convert on some good scoring chances," he said.
David Hink scored the game's lone goal on an assist from Scott Gill.
Enterprise mustered just four shots on goal.
"Enterprise was a stronger and more skilled team," Ripatti said. "There are more things we have to work on. Endurance is one of them. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it's going to be a fun season. We have got a good group of kids."
The girls' team squandered a 3-1 lead, allowing the Hornets to come back in the second half.
Lassen's Courtney Oates scored on a penalty kick and direct kick, and Melissa Michaels found the net from 15 yards out.
Lassen girls' head coach Steve Datema is optimistic about the potential of his team, but acknowledges the girls also have some work to do.
"Overall, I'm encouraged. A lot of these girls haven't played together and need to get to know one another," Datema said. "I think we are on par with the other teams that we are going to face, but it's going to take some time for the girls to get on the same page."
The team is built around LeAnn McCracken, Courtney Oates, Jessa Shelley, Elise Estes and Nicole Harris. McCracken and Oates figure to play big roles as midfielders, and Estes as a sweeper and Harris at striker will also be tough to contain.
"We going to change positions a lot to see where everyone fits in," Datema said.
The girls are looking for their sixth straight Westside League crown and fourth Northern Section championship in five years.
This week, the boys traveled to Foothill and the girls hosted the Cougars on Monday, Nov. 26.
Results were not available at press time.
Both teams travel to Red Bluff Wednesday, Nov. 28 and the girls compete in the Chico Jamboree Saturday, Dec. 1.