Conditioning cost the Vikings their preseason scrimmages, but Thursday’s win against Fernley looked like no sweat.
The South Tahoe girls soccer team had plenty of gas in the tank for an 8-0 victory over the Vaqueros in a non-league home opener at South Tahoe Middle School. In addition to the improved fitness, coach Jeremy Evans was seeing more confidence on the field.
“Every single game we’ve played this year, we’ve almost given up a goal or made a really bad pass in the back in the first 30 seconds,” Evans said. “But this time around we settled down and we actually got into what we do, which is move the ball around the back, play through the midfield and once we get in that offensive third we go to goal.”
The Vikings’ midfield — Grace Schouten, Cassidy Jackson and Allie King — was the driving force keeping South Tahoe in that offensive third on Thursday.
“They were really leading the attack,” Evans said. “Fernley was tough defensively, but I thought those three girls were very good at holding the ball, playing with patience and feeding it up the middle.”
South Tahoe built a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes. Kelly Colleton netted the first goal five minutes into the game. Schouten followed up three minutes later with South Tahoe’s second goal off an assist from Colleton, and Jackson notched goal No. 3 in the 10th minute.
“We’re starting to work together as a team,” Jackson said. “We have more patience with each other and a lot of positivity and we’re all starting to have fun again with soccer.”
King added one more goal to give the Vikings a 4-0 lead by halftime.
In the second half, South Tahoe was still looking strong.
Jensen Smith launched a rocket into the goal from about 40 yards out off a free kick, 5-0.
King darted a quick-and-low shot into the net from a well-executed assist from Jackson.
Jordyn Dion added the final two. She gave the ball one touch and found her shot from the wing, and then followed up with a final goal when Kendall Eagan popped her the ball in the final minutes.
“It’s still not as clean and not exactly where we need to be when we face Truckee,” Evans said. “We do have to work on our offensive combinations more, but certainly we’re super happy with what we saw today.”
UP NEXT: South Tahoe will host Truckee at the 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the high school.