Stoppage-time goal beats South Tahoe
Losses don’t get much tougher than the one the South Tahoe High boys’ soccer team experienced on Wednesday in Fallon.
The Greenwave received two goals in the final 12 minutes, including the game-winner by Alfredo Gonzales in stoppage time for a 2-1 Sierra Division victory.
“(A) very tough one to lose. That’s why they call soccer a cruel game,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon. “It can be lost in the last minute, and that’s what happened.”
With its second straight one-goal defeat the Vikings dropped to 1-3 in Sierra Division play. Fallon improved to 2-2 in league and 5-5-1 overall.
Evan Sanchez put South Tahoe ahead in the fifth minute, marking the Vikings’ first division goal since a 5-1 win over Wooster in their division opener Sept. 10. The Vikings stayed ahead until Fallon’s Rosalio Silva scored on a shot from the right in the 68th minute, tying the match.
Gonzales’ winning goal came with 45 seconds remaining in stoppage time. Fallon worked the ball in front of the goal, and there was a frenzy of activity before a missed shot ricocheted back to Gonzales, and he kicked it in for the winning goal.
“Great composure by Fallon to come down and play hard. I think it was a very physical game,” DeLeon said. “We peppered their goal, and they peppered ours. Our goalie (Griffen Boles) kept us in this game, and there was high pressure. It was a great game to be part of, but it was a cruel game.”
DeLeon was also pleased with the play of his midfielders.
“Both midfields were distributing the ball really well to people’s feet,” DeLeon said. “Both midfields deserve credit for controlling the game for their team.”
South Tahoe (3-6-1 overall) plays host to Douglas on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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