It’s all Vikes in the second half |

It’s all Vikes in the second half

What a difference a half makes.

The South Tahoe Vikings girls played a lackluster first half and headed into intermission down 3-1 to visiting Sparks high but came out like a ball of fire, scoring three goals and beating the Railroaders 4-3 in the prep match Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.

“We knew that we were the better team,” Vikings coach Julia Peyser said. “The kids picked themselves up by the shoeslaces and played a great second half.”

Reggie Braun pushed the Vikings into the lead for the first-and-final time in the 63rd minute. Braun received a pass from the head of Amanda Daly and split the Sparks defense with the winning shot.

“It was kind of breakaway,” Braun said. “I just got the pass and shot it in.”

Braun’s shot capped the second-half comeback by the Vikings which saw them score three goals in 20 minutes.

Diana Higman pulled away on a breakaway down the left sideline and fired a left footer to even the score at three apiece in the 34th minute.

“We were connecting more on our long passes in the second half,” Peyser said. “That’s what Diana did on her goal.”

Katrina Klapp got the comeback going with her goal in the second minute of the second half. Her goal pulled the home team to within striking distance at 3-2.

In the first half, it was the Railroaders who played like they wanted to win the contest. Putting constant pressure on the Viking defense, Sparks scored in countless ways.

The Railroaders closed out the first stanza with a goal off a restart deep in South Tahoe’s backfield. Corina Rosales took the indirect kick and fired home the third goal of the contest for Sparks.

Julie Vietti, a freshman, carried the bulk of the scoring load for Sparks as she buried two shots to open up the game. Her second goal came on a breakaway drive where she burst down the right sideline and crossed her shot into the far corner of the net in front of a diving Lindsay Douglas.

Vietti’s first strike came right at the beginning of the contest when she headed the ball from a corner kick from Leslie Nixon.

“In the first half, we had all the pressure,” Railroader coach Doug Hildebrand said.”The only time that Tahoe got pressure was on our miscues.”

Despite surrendering three goals in the game, both keepers for the Vikings played phenomenal. Douglas and freshman backup Nicole Vidro stopped numerous shots by Sparks.

“Nicole had a good 10 minutes for us,” Peyser said. “We’ve been trying to get into some games here and there. Lindsay played a good game, too. It could’ve have been a different outcome if they didn’t step up the way they did.”

The Vikes will next boot the ball Saturday when Elko comes to the lake in a league match.

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