Vikings fight back to earn tie with Manogue |

Vikings fight back to earn tie with Manogue

A dose of adversity and urgency is just what the South Tahoe High girls’ soccer team needed Tuesday afternoon.

Trailing Sierra Division foe Bishop Manogue by a goal with 14 minutes remaining, the Vikings turned up their offensive attack to produce the tying score in a 2-2 tie with the Miners at the Community Youth Sports Complex.

South Tahoe was finally rewarded for an onslaught of shots when Natalie Flynn top-shelved a shot in the 73rd minute.

“You want to see how your team responds when they are down and when they have that adversity. The girls didn’t hang their heads and got it back,” said STHS coach Clint Lockhart.

Flynn took a pass from Ashley Killeen along the wing and dribbled several times before beating the Miners’ keeper from about 10 yards out.

“I was just thinking if I get this, we tie, and if I don’t, there is a chance of us losing,” Flynn said. “I really just focused on the one point where I needed to put the ball, and I put it there.”

The third-ranked Vikings twice fell behind the ninth-rated Miners, and each time South Tahoe had an answer.

After Manogue broke a scoreless tie in the eight minute, South Tahoe’s Becky Bruce set up Shelbi Spicer for the tying goal on a long cross.

“(Manogue’s) goal was a defensive mistake, but the girls showed their resolve by literally 60 seconds later putting it right in the back of the net,” Lockhart said. “We’re a young team overall, even though we have a lot of seniors, so they’re still gelling. They are playing really well, but we just need to learn to finish and get rid of some of these mistakes.”

The teams spent a good chunk of the time before halftime battling in the midfield area. That wasn’t the case after intermission, as the Vikings put the pressure on Manogue’s defense.

Flynn nearly put the Vikings on top in the 54th minute after a steal by Bruce. But Flynn’s attempt to beat the goalie to the near post was denied.

Manogue, however, retook the lead 2-1 on a volley from a corner kick.

Preceding Flynn’s tying shot, the Vikings had several opportunities to net the equalizer but couldn’t find the back of the net. Cassandra Diaz missed wide left from 15 yards out, and Spicer’s header near the mouth of the goal carried over the crossbar.

“There was the frustration that we usually have, but I think this is the game that we really proved that we could work as a team, and we can stay calm and use our frustration as a turning point,” Flynn said.

South Tahoe (6-1-1 overall, 1-0-1 Sierra Division) travels to Galena on Saturday.

“Sometimes soccer can be a fickle game,” Lockhart said. “You pass the ball, you can play real well and you can end up losing or tying the game. I’m really proud of the effort the girls put into the second half.”

South Tahoe rolled to a 13-1 junior varsity victory over Manogue. Shannon Colleton led the high-scoring performance with five assists. Jordyn Dobson, Alyssa Lowe and Brooke King each scored two goals for the Vikings. Brianna Carroll, Annie Kate Genasci, Ally Bannar, Tori Smith, Brittany Sanchez, Alexis Villenueva and Mikaela Buckley each scored a goal. Larissa Angelocci had two assists and Emily Gardner delivered one. The JVs are 2-0 in league play.

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