Carson underachieves in 3-1 win over South Tahoe
Wins are never anything to scoff at, especially when it comes against a playoff team. But there’s nothing more frustrating when you could’ve blown out a playoff team.
Such was the case on Tuesday when the Carson High girls soccer team scored three goals in the first 20 minutes, but never saw the net again in a 3-1 win at home over the Vikings.
“It would’ve been a lot worse if we could’ve found a way to score,” said Carson coach Mike Popp. “Our shots were going wide, they were going over the goal, or right to their goalie. It’s definitely something we’re going to have to work on. But other than that, I think we clearly dominated. ”
Carson (12-0-1 overall, 9-0-1) has two more games before the Northern 4A playoffs begin to polish its finishing skills, which left plenty to be desired against South Tahoe (8-5, 6-4).
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead following an Erin Stieber goal in the 8th minute, the Vikings’ Reggie Braun scored the equalizer less than two minutes later when a long-range shot floated over Senator goalie Krissy Rose’s head, beating her to the far post.
Carson struck right back with an unassisted goal from Ali Banister, the Senators’ leading scorer. In the 20th minute, another unassisted goal, this one by Chrissy Katzorke, extended Carson’s lead to 3-1. After that, the scoring ceased from both teams, even though the Senators dominated the rest of the way. They had numerous shots on goal, including a Banister miss on a one-on-one opportunity in the first half and several other point blank shots in the second half that never found their way into the net.
The Vikings had a few chances in the second half, but never really challenged Rose. Carson knows it won’t get away with such sloppy finishing if it hopes to win the Northern 4A championship.
“Exactly. We have to finish better when we play teams like Reed, Reno and Douglas,” Popp said. “If we don’t, it could be hard to beat those teams.”
In fact, Stieber thinks that the Senators can be beaten by most teams even if they play well, but don’t finish well.
“Even if we play our best, a lot of teams can beat us,” Stieber said. “We couldn’t score today, but they (South Tahoe) have improved a lot since the first time we played them. But we were clicking today more than the first time we played them. We just couldn’t score. It’s just something that we have to work on in practice.”
In that first game between the two teams, when Carson won 1-0 in South Lake Tahoe, the Senators were missing several starters. Carson lost another one yesterday, forward Erika Landis, who reinjured the same ankle that caused her to miss three weeks earlier this season. Popp said he hopes to have her back for the zone playoffs.
“Now, the only thing we have to do is just to get healthy again,” Popp said.
“Yeah, we’re going to have to practice on our finishing.”
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