By Becky Regan and Steve Puterski
FALLON - Hats off to Brittany Hubberts.
The South Tahoe soccer sensation netted three goals - a hat trick - as the Vikings rolled past Spring Creek 8-0 on Friday at the Division I-A jamboree.
Both the girls and boys teams cleaned up at the Fallon tournament last weekend. The Vikings came away 6-0, allowing a collective of just three goals scored on them all weekend. --
Hubberts' hat trick gave the lady Vikings a nice cushion in the first game, and Cassidy Jackson, Jenny Burkes, Kendall Eagan and Ali King continued to pile on the points in the season opener.
Although they were without four starters, the Vikings' passing game was in form as the girls used flicks, crosses and through balls to shred the Spartans' defense. Coach Chris DeLeon relied on five junior varsity call-ups to answer the bell.
"A lot of the younger girls stepped it up," he said. "They really fit into the program and speed of the game. That's my biggest concern was the speed of the game. Spring Creek is really physical, which they should be."
The passing game, meanwhile, kept the flow fluid and the ball moving, which allowed South Tahoe to control the midfield. DeLeon's one-two-three philosophy was on full display and kept the Spartans' attack limited.
The girls kept the pace going into Saturday shutting down Lowry 4-0. Junior Cassidy Jackson netted two goals against Lowry in the first half, followed by Brianna Carroll in the second half and Hubberts added another to her collection.
"All these young players have so much potential," DeLeon said. "That's why I think it's difficult for other schools to play us because any of these girls could score at any time."
The girls then moved on to Fallon with Jackson and Brooke King collecting two goals apiece and Hubberts finding the net once again.
The girls allowed just one goal scored on the them all weekend and DeLeon said it was promising start as they head into a their next match against powerhouse Elko.
"We were still getting our groove this weekend," DeLeon said. "We play Elko next so that's going to be a rematch of last year's state championships. They got to see us play, but we didn't get to see them."
Boys keep the ball rolling
The boys soccer team picked off Spring Creek first, 5-1, Lowry next, 6-1, and finally finished with a 1-0 win over Fallon.
The boys slipped in the opening minutes of their first match, allowing Spring creek to net a goal to take an early 1-0 lead. The Vikings, however, responded with five unanswered goals to seal the victory.
"I was pleased with the way we responded because it's not going to happen every day," South Tahoe coach Hugo Lizaola said. "I knew they needed time to settle down."
Like their female counterparts, Lizaola said the passing game was the key to the comeback. David Rodriguez netted two goals, while Jack Kixmiller, Austin Williams and Alec Jobbins each scored for the Vikings.
Once again in the second match, the opponent took the upper head early, scoring a goal within minutes of the opening whistle. It was another quick wake up, and the Vikings came back with a vengeance scoring six unanswered goals.
Rodriguez scored on a free kick assisted by Diego Garcia, followed by two Williams' goals assisted by Rodriguez and Ozzy Rosas. Kixmiller and Danny Teran each netted goals and the Buckaroo's closed out the game scoring on themselves in the 6-1 Viking victory.
The boys final match against Fallon was reminiscent of the first round of the playoffs last season where the game was decided in extra time for a 1-0 Fallon win.
The Vikings had payback on their minds, but both teams went into halftime scoreless in what seemed to be an impenetrable defensive game.
South Tahoe broke through the wall in the second half, opening with a goal from Garcia, assisted by Williams. South Tahoe's defense then took up the cause holding the 1-0 edge. Alvaro Orozco and Kyle Hannah shared goalie duties in the shutout.
The boys will travel to Truckee Friday and Saturday for a Crossover tournament while the JV boys will host their only home tournament of the season Saturday with games at noon and 3 p.m.