Carson girls lose to South Tahoe
CARSON CITY — For the South Tahoe High School girls soccer team and its 12 seniors, there was a measure of redemption in beating Carson 3-1 on Saturday.
After all, this was the same Carson field where the Vikings settled for a 2-2 tie in the final game of the 2002 regular season, an outcome that left them one point behind Douglas in the race for the league championship.
“Last year, we were vying for first place and we lost it,” South Tahoe coach Julia Russell said. “We have 12 seniors and they’d like to do better. So we’re just working on trying to get better every game and continuing to excel, so that by the end of the season we’re playing our best game.”
South Tahoe (2-1 league) scored twice in the first half to take a lead that stood the rest of the way against Carson (2-3-1 overall, 2-1 league) in a Sierra League contest between perennial playoff contenders.
A pair of sophomores collaborated on South Tahoe’s first score. Bailey Flood ran down a long downfield pass from Cybil Robinson, then beat one defender and scored for a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Senior Tracy Ketelsen made it 2-0 before halftime when she gathered in a deflected shot off the hands of Carson goalkeeper Allison Otto and buried a shot in the net.
“The first half was a little intimidation factor,” Carson coach Roser said. “The second half, we came out and did better. We had a few opportunities. We just need to work on some things to get us where we want to be.”
Carson missed an opportunity to get back in the game early in the second half when Kasey Cano’s shot from the left side glanced off the goalpost.
Then South Tahoe extended its lead to 3-0 when Kelly Meyer, the team’s leading scoring last year, found the net off an assist from Stacey Volkmar.
Carson answered with its best scoring chance a few minutes later. Ashley Mather took a pass from Katie Kotter on the left side and took a shot that was deflected toward Laura Hale at the far post. Hale was unable to convert, but the Senators did get a penalty call in the box. Kotter stepped up for the penalty kick and drilled it into the right corner for the goal.
The Senators had other opportunities as well. Freshman Danielle Benamati had a shot strike off the goalpost inside the final four minutes. Minutes later, Benamati crossed the ball to Cano in the box, but the shot was stopped by South Tahoe goalkeeper Coral Warren.
Warren started at goalkeeper because senior Nicole Vidro was ill and the freshman responded with 13 saves on the day.
“She did an absolutely excellent job today. Our senior was out sick, so our freshman came in and let everybody know why she’s on the team,” Russell said.