Hug shocks STHS girls soccer team
It was the biggest win in recent school history. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of South Tahoe High.
Hug scored two second-half goals to break a 3-3 tie, beating South Tahoe on Tuesday at South Tahoe Middle School.
“This is the first time in my seven years at Hug that we’ve beaten what I would consider one of the better teams,” said Hug coach Patty Stoddard, whose squad went to 1-4-1 on the season and lost to Tahoe 4-0 last week. “I’m real proud of this team. It’s a big, big win for these girls.”
The Vikings (3-3-1), who were without senior team-leader Faye Clapp because of an injury, took an early lead when Jen Perasso deposited a Christie Higman cross just four minutes in. But Hug rallied, scoring three goals against a soft Tahoe defense, taking the advantage at the half.
“We were kind a lagging in the first half. Mentally we weren’t all thinking alike,” said Viking junior Joy Walker. “They were just booting the ball through every chance they got, not passing. Those long balls shouldn’t have happened like that.”
After a fiery halftime pep talk, when nearly every Tahoe player voiced an opinion as to what was going wrong, the Vikes exploded to start the final 40 minutes.
Getting back to crisp passing, solid control of the midfield, and attacking the goal, Tahoe reeled off two straight goals. Sara Corey collected a loose ball and tapped it to Hug keeper Reanna Cone (seven saves), who let it slip through her fingers after initially stopping the shot, cutting the lead to one. Junior Christie Higman later tied it at 18:33 of the second with another loose-ball connection.
But Hug rallied from the ropes, continually finding one- and two-player advantages against the Vikes’ defense. While Tahoe seemed to lose steam, the Hawks took flight, finding the net twice to secure their first win.
“We definitely came out underestimating them. I don’t think we were warmed up as good as we could’ve been, so that went into how we played in the first half,” Higman said. “Before our game against Douglas, when I think we played really well and were cooperating, we had a discussion and talked about what we wanted to do. I’d like to get back to that. Also, Faye is a big team leader, talking to us on the field, so (not having her) was a big part of it.”
Added Tahoe coach Jerry Foster, “I kept telling them Hug is a dangerous team, don’t take them lightly. Our defense just kind of collapsed as a group and got outmanned. When they get flat straight across, then there’s only one person to beat.
“Overall, the team unity is something we really need to work on.”
The Vikes travel to Sparks on Saturday.
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