Vikings soccer sweep Warriors
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif – It was the first soccer games played on the new turf at South Tahoe High School, and the Vikings rung in the field in winning fashion. The boys outlasted Whittell High School to win 2-1, while the girls continued their dominance winning.
In the boys’ game, Whittell (0-2) was playing better soccer in the first half, keeping the ball within striking distance of Tahoe’s (1-0-1) goal. The Warriors struck first with a goal by Olivier Curiel in the 25th minute of the game. After a Whittell penalty kick from the top of the goal box was blocked, and the rebound shot blocked as well, Curiel took a shot from about 30 yards out that sailed over the head of South Tahoe goalie Kyle Hannah.
The second half belonged to the Vikings, though, as they came out and scored in the first minute of the half on a goal by Edgar Hernandez. From then on the Vikings continued to pressure Whittell with shots on goal. In the 63 minute of the game, another goal finally got through from Jesus Martinez to put the Vikings up 2-1. Andres Orozco had a penalty kick in which he passed to Francisco Marin who centered the ball in the box for a two-touch goal by Martinez. The lack of depth on the Warriors squad showed in the second half.
“I thought we worked hard with the lack of depth we had,” said coach Steve Maltase. “Their depth and quickness got to us.”
South Tahoe coach Bill Spicer said the team made a few changes at half time that the players took to heart.
“You love it as a coach when you talk to the kids… and they respond,” said Spicer. “That’s what we need from them all season.”
The Viking ladies (2-0) continued to dominate as they shut Whittell (0-2) out 7-0. The Vikings had goals from Mikaela Buckley, Kelly Colleton, Brittany Sanchez, Cassidy Jackson and Alisa Caro. Buckley and Jackson had two goals on the night.
“Good control of the game. It’s a huge field, so I think we did a good job switching it up,” said head coach Chris DeLeon. “We still need to work on shooting outside the box.”
The Vikings got their first goal in the 12th minute from Buckley after flirting with the goal for the first part of the game. Once they scored, it was like they couldn’t stop.
“South Tahoe is a great team,” said Whittell head coach Pat Kelly. “They play well together and move the ball.”
Though his team was shut out, Kelly liked what he saw.
“They (Whittell) remained positive and played as a team,” he said. “They showed that throughout the game, even down four, five, six and seven.”