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Garcia’s two goals lifts Vikings over Lakers

Jeremy Evans

The South Tahoe High boys’ soccer team might not be the top-ranked team in Northern Nevada, but the Vikings proved on Thursday afternoon that they are the best around Lake Tahoe.

Bryan “Chino” Garcia scored two goals and fifth-ranked South Tahoe had several other shots hit the post as it beat top-ranked North Tahoe 2-1 in a nonleague match at the Community Youth Sports Complex. It was the Lakers’ first loss to a NIAA team this season, with their only other defeats coming against Sacramento-area powerhouses Jesuit and Granite Bay in the Del Campo preseason tournament.

“South Tahoe is always a really good challenge for us,” said North Tahoe Beto Alcaraz, whose team dropped to 10-1-3. “Every time we play them, it’s a good game. We like to play good competition. The better teams you play, the better you get.”

The Vikings outshot the Lakers 17-6 and their first of four shots to be denied by the cross bar came in the 10th minute with Garcia’s header off a Brian Walker cross. But nine minutes later, Garcia’s next header off an indirect kick from Andres Munoz beat NTHS keeper Michele Basile to give STHS a 1-0 lead.

“It’s kind of a rivalry … the players on both teams know each other from club teams and that kind of thing,” said STHS assistant coach Ed McClain. “We try not to make it into a rivalry, but the kids know that North Tahoe is the No. 1 team right now.”

South Tahoe (11-2-2) nearly made it 2-0 early in the second half when Gavin Chandler stripped a NTHS defender of the ball and his long-range shot banged off the post. A few minutes lapsed before Anthony DeMarta’s half-volley off Walker’s cross hit the bar, the first of two shots for the STHS midfielder to hit the bar.

The frustration ended for the Vikings in the 61st minute when Omar Reyes’ cross from the right side found an unmarked Garcia, who poked a shot past Basile. North Tahoe’s lone goal came in injury time when David Munoz took advantage of a STHS defensive mistake and beat keeper Josh Doherty.

“We had some great opportunities,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon. “We were one step ahead today. I don’t know if it’s a north vs. south thing. It’s more for bragging rights among their friends because both teams have players who play in our men’s league. This just gives us bragging rights, that’s about it.”

South Tahoe hosts Hug on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Community Youth Sports Complex, then hosts Carson in a key Sierra League game next Tuesday.

STHS girls blow out Lakers

Five different players scores and Tess Braun had two assists as the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team beat North Tahoe 5-1 in a nonleague match on Thursday in Tahoe City. Morgan Cook and Sara Burrell both notched first-half goals for the Vikings, who also had two goals called back in the first half.

Sarah Burks, Karli Vath and Bree Norton all added goals in the second half, with Adara Munoz and Cassidy Berg assisting on their goals. Alli Fox assisted on Burrell’s goal in the first half.

“They are a good team for a 3A school,” STHS Clint Lockhart said of the Lakers, who are ranked No. 8 in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll. “They could definitely compete with some of the teams in our division.”

South Tahoe (13-2), which is the top-ranked team in Northern Nevada, hosts Hug in a Sierra League on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Community Youth Sports Complex.


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