Penalty kicks treat South Tahoe right in soccer opener |

Penalty kicks treat South Tahoe right in soccer opener

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Penalty kicks ended South Tahoe High girls’ soccer season the past two years. On Friday, the Vikings started their 2009 season with the disliked tie-breaker and won.

South Tahoe edged Reno 6-4 in penalty kicks in the Howell Memorial Tournament at the South Valley Sports Complex in Reno after the teams played to a 1-1 tie.

The Vikings ended the first day off the two-day tournament with a 5-0 trouncing of Wooster.

Natalie Flynn scored the Vikings’ lone goal in regulation play. She took a through ball from Marisol Lizaola and made the shot from 18 yards out.

The Huskies got the equalizer with 8 minutes remaining, leading to the penalty kick shootout. The teams ended in a 3-3 tie after the first five shooters, necessitating another five shots by each team. South Tahoe won the second round, 3-1.

“Last year, we played Reno in PKs. It seems like everything revolves around PKs,” said STHS coach Clint Lockhart.

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Sophomore goalie Janet Campuzano stopped four penalty kick attempts.

“She did a fantastic job and made numerous saves,” Lockhart said of Campuzano, who was filling in for the injured Alexis Nunes-Fenley.

“Mickey” Segers tended goal in the second game for Vikings, and she stopped five shots in a 5-0 victory.

“It was nice to see both of them are stepping up and filling Lexi there,” Lockhart said. “That and our defense is really coming together and trying to pick up that slack.”

Ali Palacios recorded a hat trick against the Colts. The fleet-footed junior scored two breakaway goals – one in each half – and added a third goal on a pass from senior Cassandra Diaz. Diaz also assisted second-half goals by Becky Bruce and Shelbi Spicer.

“We’re still learning and rotating people through at different positions,” Lockhart said. “There were a lot of positives that came out today, especially the way we finished the game against Reno and having a strong showing against Wooster.”

South Tahoe will attempt to qualify for the tournament final for the sixth straight year. The Vikings will play at 11 a.m. Saturday with a spot in the semifinals on the line.

The winner will play at 1 p.m. with a chance to make the 4 p.m. finals. The Vikings last won the tournament in 2006.

There was no report on how the Whittell boys’ soccer team did in its season opener at the Quincy tournament.