Vikings secure playoff spot with win at North Tahoe
October 22, 2011
DAYTON, Nev. – In South Tahoe’s win over Dayton on Tuesday, senior soccer standout Edgar Hernandez suffered a big contusion on his right thigh, forcing him out of a must-win game at North Tahoe on Thursday. Or so coach Bill Spicer thought.
“He ended up coming off the bench in the 15th minute and immediately sent a ball across to Jesus Martinez and he finished it with a ball in the back of the net,” Spicer said. “He went in and created an instant spark.”
Spicer said Hernandez, who is the teams leading scorer, dressed and warmed up for the game, but ultimately decided that his injury was enough to keep him out. As soon as the game started though, he approached Spicer and asked to go in.
“He decided with the intensity in the game and everything on the line, he wanted to play,” Spicer said. “He said he was ready, and boy was he.”
His assist put the Vikings up 1-0 early in the game, but just before the half, North Tahoe scored on a odd-bouncing corner kick that found it’s way to the back of the net. But in the 72nd minute, Hernandez proved his worth again with a goal on a Jessy Olvera assist.
“Him and the goalie were both going for the ball and he took it away from the goalie with his feet and put it in the net,” Spicer said.
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That put South Tahoe up 2-1, and a Juan Camacho goal made it 3-1 in the 80th minute to seal the win and a playoff spot for the Vikings who are 6-3-2 on the season. They have one more game, which will be their senior night, against Sparks on Tuesday. Spicer is still unsure who his team will play in the playoffs, but knows it will either be Elko, Spring Creek, Fernley or Fallon.
“We probably won’t know till the last night of the season who we have to play and we’re we’ll have to go,” Spicer said.
The girls continued their perfect season moving to 11-0 after beating Dayton 5-0 on Tuesday and North Tahoe 6-0 on Thursday.
“Great game,” said head coach Chris DeLeon. “Especially out two center-mids, Cassidy Jackson and Alisa Caro, really controlled the tempo.”
The Lady Vikings had goals from Shannon Colleton, Caro and three from Allie King.
The girls will also have thier senior night on Tuesday before hosting their first playoff game the next week.