Proud to Say: STHS boys’ soccer has 12 senior rookies
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – In last week’s rout of Dayton High School, the boys’ soccer team scored 13 goals. While that is special in its own right, a goal from Jason Reum in the 68th minute of the game added a little more. Normally Reum is anchoring the Vikings defense, but at that point of the game South Tahoe was up 8-0 and the coaches were moving players around. Heck, one of their forwards, Edgar Hernandez, was in goal after scoring five goals.
But Reum’s goal put the icing on an already good day for South Tahoe, as he is one of 12 seniors on the Vikings that is rookie this year. When a team has more than 12 seniors on a team, you’d be inclined to call them a veteran team, but that’s not the case here.
“These are kids that played for me when they were younger and for various reasons went to do other sports,” Spicer said.
The Vikings graduated a lot of their team last year, which meant that the dynamic of this years team was bound to change, but Spicer didn’t expect what he got.
“This was something I never really thought or consider,” said Spicer. “I was like, ‘Heck yea, this will be fun.’
“The challenge for them was learning their soccer skills again quick.”
Reum isn’t the first of the 12 to score but during that game the South Tahoe bench erupted every time it looked like he had a path to the goal, but his shots were blocked or offside was called. Then he finally got a step on the defender with the ball and raced towards the goal.
“I believe it’s his first goal ever,” said coach Bill Spicer. “I remember coaching him when he was younger.”
The Dayton goalie came out and blocked Reum’s initial shot, but hopping over the goalie Reum was able to knock in the rebound. As he jogged back to midfield, the bench yelled and coach Spicer had a huge smile on his face. Reum was met at midfield with a hug from Michael Wood, who he decided to join the team with over the summer.
“They hadn’t done it in years and thought it would be fun,” said Woods’ mom Lisa Castellanos.
“They Just wanted to do something different,” said Richard Reum, Jason’s dad.
With so many new kids on the team, South Tahoe has had some growing pains so far this season. They were routed by Truckee and most recently played a sloppy first half against North Tahoe that Coach Spicer attributed to the teams chemistry. This is probably one of the biggest things that South Tahoe has had to focus on this year. Watching them play you can see that they have talented athletes and out-hustle most opponents, but lacked the trust among each other that gives one player the confidence to know the other will be where he puts the ball.
But Spicer expects that to come with game experience. He’s happy the kids are having fun, and at 2-1-2 they’re in control of their own season.