Viking soccer playoff bound
Ryan Summerlin October 27, 2012
The two-time defending state champs are ready from round three.
The Viking soccer girls are geared up to defend their state title as regional quarterfinals kickoff. Both the boys and girls teams will host the first round of Northern 1-A playoffs at South Tahoe High School Wednesday.
Winners will advance to semifinals and then regional championships in Elko. The two teams that make the championship match will then move on to state finals in Las Vegas.
Coming off back-to-back state titles, the girls had some big cleats to fill this season. They’ve stepped up.
As a team, the girls have amassed 94 goals while holding opponents to eight.
They will enter playoffs undefeated in league after a 2-2 tie with Truckee Thursday. The girls boast a 15-1-2 record overall, 7-0-2 record in league and are ranked No. 29 nationally, according to Maxpreps.
This doesn’t mean a trip to Las Vegas is a lock by any means.
“It’s a young team compared to the two teams in the past,” girls coach Chris DeLeon. “It’s going to be really tough even just to get to Vegas because we’ll either have to play Truckee or Elko to even get to the northern regional.”
The girls have a tough postseason lineup ahead of them. They may face Truckee again, a match up that resulted in two ties earlier this season or it may be Elko.
Elko accounted for the Vikings’ only loss during preseason play. The girls enter postseason ranked second behind Elko (9-0).
Leading the Vikings offensive are seniors Brooke King (16 goals) and Brittany Sanchez (13 goals). Jordyn Dion (12 goals), Cassidy Jackson (10 goals) and Brittany Hubberts (10 goals) are also key pieces to the offensive puzzle.
Goals wouldn’t happen, however, without support from the midfield, and Brianna Carroll provides that. Carroll (10 assists) along with Dion (8 assists), Jackson (7 assists) and Alisa Caro (6 assists) round out an unstoppable attack.
Behind them all is a defense that has delivered 13 shutouts and held opponents to eight goals. Most of those eight goals have come off free kicks.
“Defenses are never mentioned because they’re not scoring,” DeLeon said. “But definitely the unsung heroes are those six girls on defense.”
Those six girls are Ally King, Jensen Smith, Annie Kate Genasci, Riley Chapman, Sarah Higginbotham and goalkeeper Alejandra Orozco.
“They say offense wins games, and defense wins championships,” DeLeon said.
After a 5-0 loss to Truckee Thursday the boys enter the regional tournament ranked No. 3. They finished regular season 8-4-1 overall and 3-4-1 in league.