Freshmen key in Vikings’ win over Sparks |

Freshmen key in Vikings’ win over Sparks

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Persevering through first-half frustration turned into second-half rewards for the South Tahoe High girls’ soccer team on Thursday.

South Tahoe scored twice after intermission to pull away from the Sparks Railroaders 3-0 in a 3A Sierra League match at the Community Youth Sports Complex.

“We possessed it real well. We just weren’t finishing real well,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon. “That just shows that I have to come up with more at practice, more scrimmages, more small-sided games, finishing drills and things like that.”

All the Vikings had to show for their dominant ball control in the first half was a successful 35-yard free kick by senior Marisol Lizaola.

In the second half, however, freshman Kelly Colleton crossed up the keeper by firing inside the far post in the 44th minute. Colleton and freshman Cassidy Jackson executed a 1-2 wall pass in front of the keeper, leading to a Jackson goal at 54:00.

“Things like that with Cassidy and Kelly, it’s nice to see such composure as freshmen, and that they can finish it,” DeLeon said.

South Tahoe improved to 5-0-1 in the league play and will return to action Oct. 5 against Incline in South Lake Tahoe.

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