Hug gives South Tahoe no love, but Vikings win 3-0
In retrospect, South Tahoe High’s boys needed a Hug on Wednesday.
A 3-0 shutout win over Hug’s Hawks may have been just the thing for the Vikings, who sandwiched Wednesday’s league game between meetings with Douglas and Sparks. The team responded, never letting the Hawks into the game at South Tahoe Middle School, and dropping their visitors to 1-4 on the year.
“I knew if we gave them a chance to establish themselves, it would be a tough game,” said South Tahoe head coach Joe Winters, whose Vikings improved to 9-0-2 overall (4-0-2 in Northern Nevada 4A league play) on the season.
The Vikings didn’t give Hug a chance. Junior Ryan Daugherty, who started the season as a substitute in his first year on the varsity squad, scored eight minutes in to put South Tahoe up 1-0. Daugherty trapped a throw-in from teammate Steve Fruitman, dribbled it to Hug’s goal, and put the shot away. Senior Andy Butcher made it 2-0 before halftime, scoring off an assist from Kerim Posada.
“I think we’ve been taking teams for granted,” Butcher said. “We haven’t been playing to our ability.”
After tying the league opener at Elko, and tying McQueen last week, South Tahoe seemed determined to put away the Hawks.
“We made sure we didn’t take them lightly,” said Daugherty, who complemented an outstanding defensive effort in South Tahoe’s 2-0 win over Douglas on Saturday by sparking the midfield Wednesday. “We came out harder than we have this year.”
But while South Tahoe got the Hug it needed, the Hawks didn’t give the Vikings any love. The game turned chippy in the second half, as the refs peppered Hug with yellow cards. South Tahoe’s midfield and defense dominated loose balls, allowing Hug just two shots in the second half. Butcher put the game away 10 minutes into the second half, heading in a perfectly placed throw-in from Paul Wilson.
“He’s got a beautiful throw,” Butcher said of his classmate. “He can throw from (the sideline) and hit the goal. As soon as you see him pick up the ball, you start running.”
South Tahoe stayed undefeated in league play, and prepared for a match at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sparks. Winters anticipates a tougher game when the Vikings visit the Hawks on Sept. 23.
“These are good games for us, even though it wound up not being as tough as we thought it might be,” he said. “We needed to keep the intensity up and keep the focus.”
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