Heads-up soccer propels South Tahoe girls
South Tahoe High’s girls used their heads – in more ways than one – to open up their offense and earn an 8-1 home soccer win against Wooster on Tuesday.
“Anytime you have the chance to practice against a worthy opponent and you know you can work on skills, (it’s) important to their development,” said South Tahoe head coach Julia Peyser after her Vikings improved to 4-1-5 on the season. “Putting limitations on the game makes them think about what they’re doing.”
After South Tahoe scored its fourth first-half goal, the Vikings imposed limitations stipulating a player could score a goal only on a header. That resulted in a 5-0 halftime lead, three more goals in the second half, and some sharp finishing as South Tahoe prepared for an important game at Reno.
Sophomore Reggie Braun led the scoring with a hat trick – two goals off her foot, one off her head. Katy Orr, Emily Magana, Kelly Humphreys and Melissa Stetson contributed one each, and Jen Galea helped force the out-manned Colts into an own-goal. The Vikings, though, lost Orr soon after her goal. She sprained an ankle, and will miss one to three weeks.
South Tahoe has broken out of its midseason doldrums with 11 goals in its past two games. The win set the stage for Saturday, when the fourth-place Vikings, who trail third-place Huskies by just a point in the standings, visit them for an 11 a.m. match.
Michael propels Vikings in tennis nail-biter
South Tahoe’s boys needed every doubles point Joedy Michael and Andy Mora could provide, winning a tennis nail-biter 12-10 1/2 at Carson on Tuesday.
The match came down to a tiebreaker in the last doubles game, and Michael and Mora came through with a 7-5 win to lift South Tahoe. The duo provided the only two Vikings doubles wins of the day, taking their first doubles match 7-5 as the Vikings squeaked to 6-2 on the year.
“Joedy Michael really picked it up for us today,” said South Tahoe head coach Pat Fagen. “He was responsible for us winning the whole thing today.”
Carson concentrated its strength in the doubles competition, where teams can pick up a point and a half for each win. The Viking swept the singles competition as top seed Graham St. Michel, second seed Colin Moulton and third seed Parker Alexander all finished the day 3-0.
“It was great because it was the first time we won a tough match,” Fagen said.
South Tahoe’s boys continue along the road to the Oct. 1-2 zone tournament when they take on rival Douglas in a grudge match that will determine the division’s second through fourth spots on Monday. The match starts at 3:30 p.m. at South Tahoe High School.
Spiking Vikings fall to Fallon
Fallon’s Greenwave swept through South Tahoe’s gym on Tuesday, leaving the spiking Vikings with a 15-2, 15-5, 15-6 Fallon win in its wake.
Monica Meihack led Fallon with nine kills and 11 digs, while Jen Hucke added eight more kills for the Greenwave. South Tahoe managed just 25 kills and three blocks as the Vikings fell to 5-7 overall on the season.
Outside hitter Chantelle Young led the Vikings with 12 kills and nine digs, while Courtney Wilson had 10 more kills for South Tahoe. Jessica Urreaga had 19 assists from the setter position.
Fallon improved to 7-1 in league play, and improved its chances to take the top seed in Division II over Douglas – which lost to South Tahoe on Sept. 21. South Tahoe fell to 4-4 in league play, and sits in fifth, with its next league match, at Wooster, on the schedule for 3:45 p.m. today.
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