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Carson ends South Tahoe’s four-game unbeaten streak

Charles Whisnand

CARSON CITY – Now that the Carson High boys’ soccer team has sustained its strong effort for two straight games, the obvious challenge is to keep the momentum going heading into another Sierra League showdown.

South Tahoe, meanwhile, came away knowing it withstood Carson’s strong attack, and if not for two defensive letdowns, it could have made things really interesting.

In the end, though, it was the Senators who beat the Vikings 2-0 on two first-half goals Wednesday at Carson High. The Senators (5-1-1 league) was coming off a 4-0 win over Douglas on Saturday, while the Vikings hadn’t lost in two weeks.

“I thought it was just two defensive mistakes to get them the goals,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon, whose teams dropped to 4-8-1 overall and 3-4 in league. “Carson did really well with their passing and their through balls. Kudos to Carson. They played well.”

The Senators took a 1-0 lead when Adam Updegrove’s pass from the right side found Izzy Lopez, who knocked a header that bounced over the head of South Tahoe goalie Nick Olivares. Moments later, the Vikings’ Edgar Hernandez nearly tied the game when he missed wide on a shot for the Vikings, a sequence that turned out to be South Tahoe’s best scoring chance.

Carson’s second goal came on a through ball when when Cyrill Suto’s pass and Ian Gunn split two Tahoe defenders practically at the same time. Gunn was able to put the ball in the left corner of the net.

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The goal came moments after Olivares was able to deny Gunn on a breakaway. Olivares also made two other outstanding saves in the second half, when he denied Lopez on an excellent chance and later denied Miguel Camacho on another scoring opportunity.

In the JV game, South Tahoe and Carson tied 3-3.