STHS and Truckee girls battle to 2-2 tie
The postgame team meetings told the whole story. Truckee’s players were vibrant and upbeat, while the South Tahoe girls were sullen and disappointed.
The 2-2 deadlock on Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe left the 3A league leaders unbeaten through three games, but the Vikings felt they missed an opportunity to take sole possession of first place.
“We were one step behind Truckee the whole game,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon. “We reacted more than anticipated.”
South Tahoe took a 2-1 lead into the second half, but Truckee scored the equalizer on a rebound shot by Ali Haines following a save by Vikings’ keeper Janet Campuzano.
“I’m happy with how we played the second half,” said Truckee coach Amy Valdivia. “We finally turned it on and started playing a little more physical, a little more aggressive, which we’ve been trying to do all year.”
Truckee opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Shauna Day converted a direct free kick, placing the 20-yard shot just under the cross bar. It was the Wolverines’ first attempt on goal.
“Truckee came out passing the ball really well and making moves, and I think it intimidated our team,” DeLeon said. “We just weren’t used to playing someone like that this season.”
The Vikings struck back, however, scoring twice in the ensuing 11 minutes. Freshman Cassidy Jackson got the Vikings on the board by beating the keeper Shannon Ondry on the right side and junior Lauren Pickering put South Tahoe ahead with a 30-yard shot over the reach of Ondry.
“I just know I have to be up at the 18, and it’s pretty much an easy shot from there,” Pickering said.
But South Tahoe couldn’t make the one-goal lead stand.
“It’s a good wake-up call for us to work harder in practice,” Pickering said.
South Tahoe outshot Truckee 10-3 in the first half and 15-6 after intermission. The Wolverines made up for the shot disparity by controlling the midfield action. The Vikings were also unable to convert on five corner kicks in the final 10 minutes.
“We had our chances. We need to work on finishing at practice,” DeLeon said.
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