Huskies stop Vikings, 3-0
For the first 30 minutes of Monday’s Nevada 4A tilt with Reno High, the South Tahoe girls soccer team commanded the flow of play. But when the final whistle sounded, the end result was a 3-0 victory by the visiting Huskies.
“We were dominating,” Viking coach Julia Russell said. “We had good passing and plenty of early opportunities.”
Unfortunately for the Vikings, who fired 12 shots at the Husky goal, the ball was not finding the back of the net. And as they continued to press, the Huskies seemed to be waiting for their opportunities.
In the 34th minute those opportunities began to unfold when a streaking Reno right forward dribbled into the box and let go a shot that found it’s way through the defense and into the Viking goal for a 1-0 lead.
“For some unknown reason we had started to lose steam a few minutes before that,” Russell said. “It took a little wind out of our sail.”
The Huskies took the 1-0 lead into halftime and came out with the same momentum, scoring in the opening minutes of the second on a beautiful goal launched into the top right corner from outside the 18-yard box.
“It was a very nice goal,” Russell said. “There was really nothing you could do.”
Now clinging to a 2-0 lead, the Huskies seemed to have the momentum which was once the Vikings’ and in the final minutes of the match they were able to add a fluekish late goal that trickled in past the Viking defense.
“We’ve have never been a team to quit,” Russell said. “But the second goal really got us off our game.”
Although they didn’t get the desired result, the Warriors did take some positives out of the loss.
The combined goal tending effort of Lindsey Douglas and Sierra Shipley were able to stop 12 of 15 shots the Huskies fired at them and on the offensive side of the ball, they were able to move as a team really well.
Russell thinks, with a little more speed, they could have a huge advantage.
“If we can increase the speed of our game and get one step faster, watch out.”
The Vikings will look to get back on track this Saturday when they take on Carson High at 1 p.m. at South Tahoe Middle School.
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