Shutout loss to Manogue leaves STHS coach frustrated
A 3-0 home defeat to fourth-ranked Bishop Manogue on Wednesday caused South Tahoe High boys’ soccer coach Chris DeLeon a sleepless night.
It was a performance reminiscent of how the team played a year ago, according to DeLeon.
“It was really frustrating. It kept me up all night,” DeLeon said. “I had visions of last year, and I don’t want to return to that.”
The eighth-ranked Vikings missed the postseason last season for the first time in more than a decade. After blitzing Wooster 5-1 in its Sierra Division opener last week and performing well at the Del Campo tournament in Sacramento over the weekend, DeLeon was caught offguard by the way his team performed on Wednesday.”It was definitely a game of last year’s skillwise … a lot of JV mistakes and no heart,” DeLeon said. “I don’t know if they were intimidated by Manogue, or if we knew that Manogue worked us pretty well last year.”
The Miners took a 2-0 lead into halftime, and the Vikings never seriously threatened to score in dropping to 1-1 in Sierra Division play.
“Our league isn’t easy so we can’t afford to make these mistakes against these teams, especially on our home field, representing our school,” DeLeon said. “We didn’t represent. The history of South Tahoe soccer was put to shame (Wednesday).”
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for South Tahoe (3-4-1 overall) this weekend. The Vikings will play at seventh-rated Galena on Saturday.
South Tahoe’s junior varsity fared much better on Wednesday. The Vikings tied Manogue 3-3 behind a balanced scoring attack. Hector Vazquez, Cristian Perez and Jonathan Mendoza each netted a goal.
“We’re improving,” said STHS coach Jim Pawling, whose team has a 2-3-2 overall record.
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