Grizzlies maul Vikings in girls soccer
RENO – The Galena High girls soccer team proved why it is the defending league champions as the Grizzlies handed South Tahoe a sound 6-1 defeat in the first round of the zone playoffs Tuesday afternoon.
In the first half, the Grizzlies seemed to score at will by putting in all six goals during the period.
“The girls played up to their capabilities,” Grizzlies coach Sean Canty said. “My kids were fired up for the tournament. We’re really coming together very well now.”
Amy Jackson opened the offensive onslaught in the ninth minute when she took a pass from Heather Wark and fired home the shot.
One minute later, Jackson lent the helping foot to Patricia Granick to put Galena up 2-0.
In a second wave of goals, Bianca Sciotto scored in the 23rd minute when she took a pass from Annie Baxter. A minute later, Baxter scored a goal of her own on a pass from Jackson to give the Grizzlies a 4-0 lead. Then in the 27th minute, Jackson added her second goal of the day on a pass from Kendra Sanders.
The final score of the game for the Grizzlies was actually an own goal by the Vikings in the 30th minute.
The two teams went into the intermission separated by the six goals.
“We just had an unlucky first half,” Vikings coach Julia Peyser said. “At the beak I just told them it was 0-0 and to go out show them what kind of team we really are.”
In the second half, the Vikings dialed up the intensity on their play. South Tahoe had numerous opportunities at the Galena net, but only one found the back of the goal.
“South Tahoe is a good team and they kept battling until the end,” Canty said. “They kept playing hard.”
Jen Galea got STHS on the scoreboard in the 60th minute when she took a pass from Courtney Carol and blasted it past the diving Grizzly keeper.
“We accomplished our team goals today, even though we lost,” Peyser said. “We wanted to get a goal and we showed them what South Tahoe soccer is all about.
“We didn’t want to leave the field without looking like Viking soccer.”
Peyser decided to start freshman Nicole Vidro between the pipes in hopes to jump-start her team.
“We wanted to shake it up and see what came out,” the coach said. “I also wanted to get Lindsey (Douglas) on the field as well.”
After surrendering six scores, Peyser switched back to the junior Douglas and the Vikings were able to hold the Grizzlies scoreless in the second half.
Peyser’s team is without any seniors and she feels that although the Vikings made an early playoff exit this season, her team received a valuable learning experience against the Grizzlies.
“We’re looking forward to next season,” she said. “Next season we’ll show them how we really play soccer.”
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