Baker’s penalty kick gives STHS tie with Elko
The South Tahoe High boys played a match that lacked the offensive fireworks of the girls game, but the end result was the same: a tie.
Viking senior captain Evan Baker converted a penalty kick with two minutes left in regulation to forge a 1-1 tie with Elko.
South Tahoe returns to town for today’s game with Reed carrying a 5-0-1 overall record and an 0-0-1 conference mark after its first league game.
“We were fortunate to come away with a tie,” said South Tahoe head coach Joe Winters. “We had a few really good early opportunities in the game, and we just didn’t convert on them.”
Elko’s Tyler Heche broke a scoreless tie just before halftime, scoring the first goal for the Indians on a header. South Tahoe battled through the second half but couldn’t get a score until forward Andy Butcher drew a foul in the box, setting up Baker’s penalty kick. Baker converted, and South Tahoe salvaged the tie.
“I just think we came out flat,” Winters said. “We weren’t really sharp. Maybe it was the road trip or whatever.
“I really felt we didn’t play our best game, but I don’t want to take anything away from Elko.”
South Tahoe started the season by winning the Vacaville Kickoff Classic Friday and Saturday in California. The Vikings captured the tournament title with a 5-0 performance in pool play and throughout the championship bracket. South Tahoe won the championship game, 3-1 over California’s Dixon High.
The Vikings return home to take on Reed at 3:30 p.m. today at South Tahoe Middle School, and play host to Lowry at 2 p.m. Friday.
“It’ll be interesting,” Winters said. “We’ll have to see how it comes out. I think they’ll be pretty rested. We feel Reed is going to be a better team than Elko.”
South Tahoe’s junior varsity fared better against the Indian JV, winning 3-2.
Freshman Gabe Villasignor had two goals and Larry Martinez one for South Tahoe, which came back from trailing 1-0 to win. The JV returns to action at 5:30 p.m. today against Reed at South Tahoe Middle School.
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