Vikings run away from seventh-rated Colts
South Tahoe High entered the 2009 boys’ soccer season with intentions of maintaining a low profile.
Flying under the radar won’t be easy after what transpired in the second half against Wooster on Thursday. The Vikings fired off four goals in succession to rout seventh-ranked Wooster 5-1 in the Sierra Division opener for both schools at the Community Youth Sports Complex.
“It feels good,” said junior Cody Williams, who scored his first two goals in a South Tahoe uniform. “We got some opportunities at the end. We started passing together.”
The Vikings wore down the Colts on their larger-than-normal field, repeatedly beating the Reno-based team with through balls to set up one-on-one opportunities.
“We’re just trying to lay low and take it day by day. We’ll work our way back up in the standings and all that kind of stuff,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon. “We took every advantage that we could and used it to our advantage.”
In the 66th minute, Williams won a one-on-one confrontation with the goalie, giving STHS a 2-1 lead. Williams added his second goal two minutes later when he put away a rebound after an Evan Sanchez shot.
“It’s different playing with these guys, but I’m starting to get the feel of it.”
South Tahoe has been troubled by lackluster second-half performances early in the season, but not on Thursday. Wooster scored first in the ninth minute on a scramble in front of the goal and kept the lead until STHS’s Ryan Caro converted a penalty kick in the 38th minute. The PK was set up when Kory DiGrande was pulled down in the box.
The Vikings buried the Colts in the final 10 minutes as Sanchez took a well-executed through ball from Ricky Braun from midfield and beat the goalie on the left side. Braun set up the goal with a steal on STHS’s end and dribbled to midfield before directing his pinpoint pass to Sanchez.
Juan Ubias capped the Vikings’ scoring with a breakaway goal in the 78th minute.
“Really, it’s them starting to play for each other,” DeLeon said. “In the beginning, it was a lot of individual play, then more teamwork. We finally had goals where there were assists.”
Wooster coach Mike Hammond was befuddled by his team’s second-half performance.
“I’m really having a hard time putting a finger on it,” said Hammond, whose Colts are rated seventh in the latest Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll. “Obviously, in the second half South Tahoe was the better team.”
South Tahoe (2-1) will play four games over the next two days at the Del Campo Tournament in Sacramento. The Vikings will play games at 1:30 and 6 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex.
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