Grizzlies score only goal in final 2 minutes to beat Vikings |

Grizzlies score only goal in final 2 minutes to beat Vikings

Even though South Tahoe suffered a one-goal defeat at Galena on Saturday, coach Chris DeLeon liked the effort that he saw from his young boys’ soccer squad.

“They played a great game against Galena. We played our game plan from the beginning to the end,” DeLeon said. “It was a great game to be a part of.”

The STHS boys lost to Galena 1-0 for their second straight Sierra Division soccer loss. The Grizzlies broke up the scoreless duel with 2 minutes remaining on a precise shot near the PK area.

“Their forward had really good composure,” DeLeon said. “It was a one-on-one chance with the defender and the keeper, and he slotted it between them in the lower right-hand corner.”

The Vikings had ample opportunities to break out on top in the first half but has now gone 160 minutes in division play without scoring. South Tahoe’s last goal came in the final game of the Del Campo tournament Sept. 12 in Sacramento. The defeat dropped South Tahoe to 1-2 in division games.

The Vikings (3-5-1 overall) will attempt to get back in the win column in their second road match in succession on Wednesday in Fallon.

“We can’t afford to lose these games in any fashion,” DeLeon said. “We’re still growing as a team, and I don’t want to wait to the second half (of the season) to pick it up.

“Fallon is playing really well, and they are not a surprise any longer.”

Vikings suffer first division loss

Galena scored the game’s final two goals to hand South Tahoe its first defeat of the Sierra Division girls’ soccer season on Saturday in Reno.

The Grizzlies broke a 1-1 tie a minute before halftime on a STHS defensive breakdown, then added the only goal of the second half to win 3-1.

Senior Shelbi Spicer scored the Vikings’ lone goal on an assist by Marina Palmieri in the 35th minute.

South Tahoe (6-2-1), which slipped to 1-1-1 in division play, will play at Fallon on Tuesday.

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