Truckee topples Viking girls
There are bad losses and then there are good defeats.
Vikings head coach Mark Salmon is filing Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to rival Truckee as a good one.
“It was a little heartbreaking, but we put in a solid 80 minutes and the bench did a great job,” Salmon said. “It’s a loss that I’m happy with as long as it was against a good team.”
Truckee (11-0-1) leads the 3A Northern League and South Tahoe (8-3-1) is entrenched in third place and headed for postseason.
Truckee scored the only first half goal in the first five minutes and Salmon looking back on it said that was probably the backbreaker.
The Vikings misplayed a ball in the back and the league’s leading scorer Ava Seelenfreund took advantage.
“From there, I thought we were the more dangerous team,” Salmon said. “I feel they got another soft goal in the second half. But we never lost confidence and we capitalized on their mistake.”
Freshman Giovana De Loia pounced on a loose ball and “clinically finished” to get the Vikings on the board.
The Vikings continued to pressure the Wolverines but couldn’t get the finishing touch.
“We had chances in the final minutes but we just couldn’t finish,” Salmon said.
Salmon hopes the Vikings can win the remaining four games on their schedule and, if things fall right, they could move up to the No. 2 seed and hopefully get an easier opponent to beat in postseason.
“The challenger could be dramatically different and if we can dodge a tougher team, that’s beneficial for us,” Salmon said.
South Tahoe will celebrate its seniors Friday, Oct. 20, against Elko at Vikings Stadium. The game starts at 5 p.m.