The Vikings look sharper with every game.
With new head coach Ben Hannah at the helm, the South Tahoe boys soccer team controlled the field Saturday in a 5-0 home win against Lowry. The boys are now 1-1 in league and 2-1 overall. The win makes a nice rebound from the Vikings’ league-opening loss to Truckee last week.
“The main thing, if we compare it to the Truckee game, is that we’re starting to play as a team and starting to gel together a little bit more,” Hannah said. “We developed some continuity.”
Derek Caro led the Vikings to victory with a hat trick.
Caro netted his first goal eight minutes into the game, trapping a teammate’s header pass and driving it to the goal. He then blasted in another goal from somewhere near the 50-yard line. Lowry’s goalkeeper came out of the box, and Caro’s kick bounced right over his head into net.
Diego Garcia was up next. Tre Charrette sent him a huge cross and he popped the ball in from the left wing.
Charrette then notched one goal of his own from the right wing with three minutes left in the half. He snuck be Lowry’s defense just enough to get the clear shot. The goalkeeper got a hand on it, but the ball spun in to give South Tahoe a 4-0 lead.
“Credit to Lowry because even though we had a 4-0 halftime lead I was never really comfortable,” Hannah said. “They fought hard.
“Their coach actually paid us a good compliment. He said we have the strongest defense that they’d ever come up against and that they had not had as much trouble scoring against any opponent to date.”
The Vikings had racked up three yellow cards in the first half so Hannah went to the bench in the second to avoid the red. With a 4-0 lead, the game focus now shifted to tightening up possessions and working on control.
“I wouldn’t say we took our foot of the gas, but we worked more on possessions and control of the game,” Hannah said. “However, we certainly were still trying to score.”
Caro made good on the effort with his third goal of the game in the second half.
All totaled, the Vikings had 12 shots on goal.
Alvaro Orozco and Adrian Mariscal shared the shutout, with Orozco recording the first 65 minutes. Orozco had two saves.
UP NEXT: The boys (1-1) will host Spring Creek (1-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday at South Tahoe High School.