Carson girls soccer captures No. 1 seed in the 4A playoffs with their 6-0 win over South Tahoe
CARSON CITY – Earlier this month, the Carson girls soccer team beat South Tahoe 3-1. However, both teams weren’t at full strength as several players were nursing injuries that afternoon in South Tahoe.
“Carson didn’t show us anything that we couldn’t beat if we were healthy,” said South Tahoe coach Julia Peyser after that game. “If we weren’t hurting, then we could hang with them more,” she added.
On Tuesday at Carson High, the two teams met again and both were healthy. However South Tahoe was without several key players because of other reasons.
The outcome was the same but the margin of victory was much different as the Senators beat the Vikings 6-0 and captured the Sierra League’s No. 1 seed in next week’s 4A playoffs.
“That was our big motivation the last couple of days at practice for this game,” Carson’s Ali Banister said about Peyser’s comments.
In the first half, Erin Stieber scored two goals while Erica Landis and Emily Maier each scored for the Senators, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 25 minutes of play.
“The girls just came out to play today,” Senator coach Mike Popp said, whose team improves to 14-1 this season. “We played great and heading into the playoffs, all the players are playing really well.”
Then three minutes into the second half, Erica Landis crossed a ball into the Viking penalty box, which Banister poked into the back of the net to make it 5-0. Then in the 49th minute, Banister scored again after South Tahoe failed to clear a loose ball in front of their goal, that finished the scoring at 6-0.
“Tahoe gave us a good game the last time when we only beat them 3-1,” Popp said. “But we had three starters out so they didn’t see our best team.”
The Vikings drop to 8-6-1 this season and will be the No. 4 seed in the 4A playoffs. When the first round of the playoffs start next Tuesday, South Tahoe will play on the road against either Galena or Reed. South Tahoe had an outside chance at the third seed but after Reno’s 5-0 win over Wooster on Tuesday, the Vikings can no longer catch the Huskies (9-4-2).
“The girls are chomping at the bit for that game,” Peyser said. “We want Reno badly.”
Peyser was proud of her girls performance despite the loss. Freshman goal keeper Nicole Vidro turned in another steady performance and gains more and more confidence with every game.
“She had an excellent game,” Peyser said. “She made some great stops of some breakaway plays.”
The Vikings traveled only 15 players to the game and all of those who made the trip played great games and showed their dedication to the program.
“The girls who were there took the responsibility of the team,” Peyser said. “They put all their energy and heart into the game. I’m really proud of them.”
Carson 2, South Tahoe 1
The Carson girls J.V. team remained undefeated on Tuesday with their 2-1 victory over South Tahoe at Carson High.
Kristin Hale scored the game winning goal in the second half as the Senators improved to 12-0-3 on the season.
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