Huskies draw with Vikings
The South Tahoe High boys’ soccer team had most of the scoring opportunities in Saturday’s game against Reno. In the end, though, the Vikings only converted on one of them and the Huskies did the same as the two Sierra League squads battled to a 1-1 tie at the Community Youth Sports Complex.
It was South Tahoe’s second tie in a week as the defending league and region champs are now 8-1-2 overall and 2-0-2 in league. The Vikings face an improving Wooster team on Wednesday and always difficult Douglas on Saturday.
“It was a little frustrating … actually it was real frustrating because we definitely had more opportunities to score,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon. “The way we played was pretty dry, with no combination play and no spontaneity. We played into Reno’s strength, which is the long ball where they could use their height.”
Brian Walker put South Tahoe ahead 1-0 in the 11th minute when his shot from nearly 50 yards out sailed over the Reno keeper and into the far post. But the Huskies found the equalizer in the 31st minute, and neither team found the net again.
“Brian has been one star for us this year,” DeLeon said. “He is pretty versatile and one of the most coachable athletes we have. As far as the team goes, I really believe whole-heartedly in these boys and that we can go far. But the question is do they believe in themselves and will they buy into the program coach Ed McClain and I are creating? Honestly, I feel these ties are games we should be winning.”
Vath paces STHS girls
Karli Vath had a goal and an assist to help lead the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team to a 2-0 Sierra League win over Reno on Saturday at the Community Youth Sports Complex. Morgan Cook had the other goal and Brittany Barcellos also recorded an assist for the Vikings, who led 1-0 at halftime.
“It was kind of a rough game for us,” said STHS coach Clint Lockhart. “Reno was big, strong, fast and pretty aggressive. They got us off our game a little bit. But the girls picked it up in the second half and pulled out the win.”
Despite the Vikings’ difficulty in scoring, South Tahoe goalie Candace Prescott led a defense that allowed just one shot on the goal. South Tahoe (9-2 overall, 4-0 league) continues league play on Tuesday with a game against Wooster in Reno.
Alexander, Tracyleads WHS girls
Megan Alexander had two goals and Gabrielle Tracy added two assists for the Whittell girls’ soccer team in its 4-1 nonleague win against Lowry on Saturday in Zephyr Cove.
Sasha Rupp and Kelsie Martinez each had a goal for the Warriors, who led 1-0 at halftime before exploding in the second half.
“They just played their hearts out,” said WHS coach Tony Cormier. “All the goals were lasers. They just outplayed them. It was a good game for us.”
Whittell (9-3) returns to Tahoe League play on Tuesday when it travels to play Sparks. The Warriors are 0-2 in league.