SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — “Get in the box. Get in the box,” South Tahoe coach Ben Hannah frantically yelled.
The Vikings were down to the final two minutes and every South Tahoe soccer player, save one defender and the goalkeeper, were in Truckee’s box. The Vikings had controlled the ball for most of the second half, but had yet to erase Truckee’s 1-0 lead.
South Tahoe urgently tried to hurry in a shot, every agonizing bounce of the ball eating the precious extra seconds. The crowd erupted as a South Tahoe shot went just wide. The Vikings’ shots were flying, but Truckee held on for a 1-0 Division I-A win Monday, the Wolverines’ second victory over South Tahoe this season.
“Do not forget this team. We will see them again,” said Truckee coach Casey Eberhardt after the game.
There were shots and chances for both teams in both halves. Either team could have taken the game and either team looked like it might throughout the 80 minutes.
“It was a tough, physical game,” Eberhardt said “Definitely two of the top teams in the league coming together to play, so I didn’t expect anything less. Fortunately, we were able to get a goal in the first half and kind of hang in there.”
Truckee’s Nathan Ariza gave the Wolverines the go-ahead goal in the first half.
South Tahoe’s goalkeeper, Alvaro Orazco, and standout defender Jack Kixmiller held Truckee to one goal despite the Wolverine’s offensive onslaught in the first half.
The second half was a different story.
“This game was a tale of two halves,” Hannah said. “(Truckee) dominated the first half, but we kept our head up and kept going, and turned on another gear in the second half. We kept it on their half of the field, but we just couldn’t get it in the net.”
The Wolverines improved to 10-0-1 in league while South Tahoe dropped to 8-3-0.
Truckee plays at Dayton on Thursday.