Chandler leads Vikings over Carson
CARSON CITY – Two defensive lapses were the difference between Carson sharing first place or second place in the league standings.
South Tahoe’s Ian Chandler took advantage of both mistakes and scored two goals to lead the Vikings to a 3-1 win over the Senators in a Sierra League game on Saturday at Carson High School. Carson and South Tahoe are tied for second place in the standings at 4-1.
“We’re in the same position we were last year,” Carson coach Jason Koop said. “Up until the second half, I thought we were evenly matched. The second half they took it to us. It’s a different game if we finish the few good opportunities we had.”
It would have been a different game if Carson had cleanly cleared the ball out of its own defensive end. Chandler’s second goal came in the 50th minute when he eluded Mats Boehnke and put one over the head of Carson keeper Brandon Briggs and into the net to make it 2-1.
Briggs was kept busy most of the second half, collecting nine of his 11 saves in the final 40 minutes. Koop blamed inconsistent midfield play for the amount of good opportunities South Tahoe had in the second half.
Carson had two good opportunities late in the game. South Tahoe goalie Alfredo Solorio punched a shot by Enrique Mendoza out of bounds in the 78th minute. Moments later, Zach Weismann put a shot over the goal by a wide margin.
South Tahoe scored in extra time when Bryan “Chino” Garcia beat Briggs. Chino scored two goals in South Tahoe’s 3-1 win over Douglas on Wednesday.
The game was scoreless until the 26th minute when John Nuthall tried to clear a loose ball in front of the net, and it slithered off the side of his foot. Chandler pounced on it and rammed it home for a 1-0 lead.
Needless to say, South Tahoe coach Chris DeLeon was happy with a road win.
“It’s not easy to come to somebody’s home, especially here where the crowd is right behind you,” said DeLeon, whose team improved to 8-3-1 overall. “It was a very physical game. I thought we created our opportunities. Our defense was solid and well organized. It was simple. It comes down to who makes the least amount of mistakes.”
South Tahoe hosts North Valleys on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at South Tahoe Middle School. In the JV game on Saturday, Carson beat South Tahoe 4-0.
Carson girls take over first
Carson got goals from Brandi Vega and Taylor Musselman, then staved off a late surge by South Tahoe to post a 2-1 Sierra League win on Saturday at Carson High School in Carson City.
The win gave the Senators sole possession of first place with a 4-0-1 record. The Vikings dropped to 3-1-1 in league and 11-1-1 overall. South Tahoe sliced the lead to 2-1 in the 58th minute when Gina Locicero connected from about 30 yards out.
“It was the tale of two halves,” said South Tahoe coach Cliff Lockhart. “They played well in the first half, and we played well in the second half. Carson is a good team. They have some good players. It’s always a tough battle.”
South Tahoe hosts North Valleys on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at South Tahoe Middle School.
In the JV game on Saturday, Carson beat South Tahoe 2-1.
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