Tener is Vikings’ lone first-teamer
December 9, 2003
By Jared Green
Tribune staff writer
Sweeper Kristen Tener, one of 11 seniors on this year’s South Tahoe High girls’ soccer team, played every minute of every game and led the South Tahoe defense.
Tener was rewarded with an all-Sierra League first-team nod, but even she didn’t expect to be the only Viking to receive such an honor.
Tener wasn’t voted the team’s MVP, which went to forward Nolie Pierini and the Vikings’ attack also featured Kelly Meyer, who was last season’s Sierra League Offensive Player of the Year. But it was Tener’s consistency and leadership that impressed her coach and apparently the league’s other coaches as well.
“Kristen is one of those athletes that a coach can totally depend on,” said South Tahoe head coach Julia Russell. “She’s consistent, she’s tough and she’s definitely deserving.”
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Tener said she actually had a better season last year, and with such an impressive front line, she was expecting other Vikings to outshine her. Meyer and Pierini, along with midfielders Megan Comlossy and Jen Napier, were named to the second team, while midfielder Tracey Ketelsen and goalkeeper Nicole Vidro received honorable mention.
Pierini, in particular, had a strong junior season for the Vikings and was the only nonsenior to make an all-league team. Meyer’s chances at first-team status were hurt by an injury that kept her out of the last five league games.
“I didn’t really expect to make the first team, because we’ve got some other players who probably deserved higher than they got,” Tener said. “I just work with my defense and it feels a little weird to be singled out.”