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Carson boots Viking boys

Mike Traum

It was a matchup of two second-place division teams. But it looked more like a case of one team teaching the other a lesson.

The Carson High boys soccer team applied aggressive pressure defense and consistent offensive teamwork to down an impatient South Tahoe squad, 3-0, on Wednesday at the South Tahoe Middle School.

While both teams entered with 5-3 league marks, it was apparent that the Senators had better game than the Vikings. Despite being in the contest until midway through the second half, the home team played more one-man kickball than team-work soccer.

“(Tahoe) plays the ball and knocks it around pretty good. The way we stayed with them was pressuring their defensive players, hoping they would turn it over. Both teams were pretty equal. They made some defensive mistakes,” said Carson coach Rudi Losche, who noted the Vikes’ impatient tendencies as a key to the win. “I wasn’t quite sure how we would respond because Tahoe is always a tough place to play. But we really picked it up.”

Carson scored just five minutes in when Andre Losche connected on a free kick from 20 yards out, making it 1-0 at the half. Chris Gentine added an athletic run-and-rocket kick for the second goal before Lochi one-timed the final score. Both came with under 17 minutes to play.

The Vikings weren’t without solid chances to score. With 13 minutes remaining, Francisco Diaz headed a corner kick, which Carson keeper Liam Boyer left his feet to snare. Just minutes later, Brian Winters centered a ball to Evan Baker, who riffled a ball wide left.

But Tahoe, which lost back-to-back games for the second time this season, displayed unwarranted selfishness and an inability to put together combinations, which ultimately led to the loss while leaving coach Joe Winters vocally pacing the sidelines and pledging to “get to the bottom” of his team’s lackluster play.

“Our youthfulness is hurting us at crucial times. We scored no goals. And there’s always frustration when you’re losing. But in our losses, we’ve played awful. We lack experience to play consistently with focus,” he said. “All I know is that we need to make some major changes. The guys who have a bad attitude and don’t put out in practice aren’t going to be around much longer.”

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