De Loia, Vikings soccer rolls past Sparks; host Incline Saturday morning
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Giovana De Loia scored four goals, the Vikings defense was again stellar and South Tahoe ripped past the Sparks Railroaders 10-0 Wednesday night in front of its home fans.
De Loia led the Vikings seven-goal onslaught in the first half.
“Giovana had an excellent game,” said Vikings head coach Mark Salmon. “We started her at center and she made some good decisions and was really creative.”
De Loia usually lines up on the wing of the front line but Salmon moved her to the middle to put Lillie McGuire up top.
“We wanted to go at Sparks with our speed,” Salmon said.
And it worked. Well.
Six other players scored single goals including Kelsey Hogan, Branda Warden, Marley Befu, Ilse Decosta, Riley Turner and McGuire.
There were also a ton of assists, including two each from Quinn Simpson and Decosta and one each from Hogan, Morrison Salmon, Angelina Maltase, De Loia and McGuire.
“We hadn’t been scoring that much so in practice we’ve been working on composure and finishing and the girls executed beautifully,” Salmon said. “We moved the ball well in the back third and were clinical up front.”
Salmon also wanted to give his defense some kudos. Aside from the Vikings two games against 4A schools Bishop Gorman and Reed, where they gave up five combined goals, four in a loss to Bishop and one in a win over Reed, they have allowed just two shots on goal in the other four games.
He said his defenders Salmon, Ashley Johnson, Jenna Pevenage, Turner, Citlalli Herrera Uribe and goalie Phoebe Barkann do all the dirty work that doesn’t always get noticed.
“The back six has done a tremendous job all season,” Salmon said.
The Vikings (5-1, 2-0 Northern League) next will host Incline on Saturday morning and Salmon expects a tough match with the Highlanders, who also crushed Sparks (5-0) in their league opener.
“They’re always good and I expect them to make a strong run at us,” Salmon said.
Kickoff is at 10 a.m.