Fight for fourth finishes with Fallon fallin’ |

Fight for fourth finishes with Fallon fallin’

Dan Thomas

South Tahoe High’s girls scored early and often against visiting Fallon on Tuesday to increase their hold on fourth place in Northern Nevada 4A soccer.

Senior Jen Hamm struck twice in the first 12 minutes and sophomore Reggie Braun added insurance in the second half as South Tahoe defeated fifth-place Fallon 3-1. The Greenwave entered the game trailing the fourth-place Vikings by 12 points and left losing more ground.

“We knew they were fifth in our division, and they’re pretty far behind us in points,” said South Tahoe head coach Julia Peyser after her team improved to 5-1-6 on the season with the win. “We certainly weren’t going to underestimate them, not in our league, so we came out with both barrels and put those first two goals in right away.”

Hamm needed little time, scoring one goal in the third minute, then increased the lead to 2-0 just eight minutes later. In the 31st minute, Braun added her third goal in the past three games, and the Vikings led 3-0 at halftime. Fallon never challenged, scoring its only goal in the 77th minute, when the game was out of reach.

The Vikings have won four out of their past five, and have lost only once in their past 12 games. After struggling to finish in a midseason four-game winless streak, the South Tahoe offense has come alive with 16 goals in its past four games.

“I think we’re definitely finishing better,” Peyser said. “Now we just have to keep other teams from scoring.”

Goalie Sarah Junge, though, has been up to that task. Junge had another solid game in the Vikings net and stopped a second-half Fallon penalty kick.

The win padded South Tahoe’s lead on fourth place, but the Vikings face a brutal schedule through most of October. They travel to Douglas for their next game, an Oct. 12 rematch with the first-place Tigers, who handed South Tahoe it’s only loss, 6-0, on Sept. 11. The Vikings head to Carson for a 1 p.m. meeting with the powerhouse Senators, then return to South Tahoe Middle School for an Oct. 19 rematch of Saturday’s grudge match with third-place Reno.

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