Lancers beat Vikings with final-minute goal
Halftime leads are not a good thing for the South Tahoe High boys’ soccer team two games into the season.
McQueen rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Vikings 3-2 in a nonleague match Wednesday in Reno.
South Tahoe (1-1) nearly squandered a 3-0 halftime lead against Hug in its opener before winning 3-2.
The Lancers scored the game-winning goal in the final minute when an unmarked player converted a scissors kick over the top of the goalkeeper.
South Tahoe had tied the score 2-2 a minute earlier on Edgar Hernandez’s second unassisted goal from the top of the box.
“We pulled out a defender and sent another forward in with 15 minutes to go,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon.
McQueen scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of the second half to go ahead 2-1.
“We definitely had good, dominant play … Ryan Caro and Cody Williams in the center-mid offensively and defensively, and Kory DiGrande and Edgar are working well together,” DeLeon said.
DeLeon said his team struggled to mark the Lancers in the second half.
“It’s the whole team,” he said. “It’s not the defense. It’s the midfielders and forwards not coming back to help out.”
South Tahoe played without regular defenders Tanner Braun and Fernando Gomez.
The Vikings will open Sierra Division play today when seventh-ranked Wooster visits the Community Youth Sports Complex. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
“Our team is ready,” DeLeon said. “We have great individual play. Coming together as a team is what we need to work on.”
South Tahoe will play four games in the Del Campo tournament Friday and Saturday in Sacramento. Games will played at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex.
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