Midfielders key Vikings’ first Sierra Division win
An improving collection of South Tahoe High midfielders delivered the decisive plays in the Vikings’ 3-0 Sierra Division-opening win over Hug on Wednesday in Reno.
Midfielders Osvaldo Lizaola and Anthony Demarta scored goals and the Vikings posted another shutout. South Tahoe hasn’t been scored upon since playing in the finals of the Galena tournament n Aug. 25 in Reno.
South Tahoe didn’t waste any time putting Hug behind. Six minutes into the match, Lizaola made a run through the defense and was rewarded with a precise pass from Demarta. Lizaola slotted his shot to the bottom right-hand corner for a goal.
The Vikings made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute when Brian “Chino” Garcia headed in a free kick from Andres Munoz.
Demarta tallied the Vikings’ final goal in the 62nd minute, breaking away for a successful shot into the right-hand corner of the net.
“Osvaldo, Demarta, Brian Walker, Chase Grant and Joseph Molina did really well to abuse the lack of discipline of Hug,” said STHS coach Chris Deleon. “With our midfield as strong as they are, we can go pretty far.”
Deleon was pleased with the results of the Vikings’ first full game on a grass field.
“That was the one question I put to them in our last turf field game,” Deleon said. “We controlled the ball really well for being on a grass field.”
STHS (7-1 overall, 1-0 Sierra) will play at Carson on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s regional finalists. The Senators will return later this week from a trip to Mexico. Deleon doesn’t think Carson will let down after such a long trip.
“No one lets down for us. Everyone is ready when they play us,” he said.
The Vikings also won the JV match, winning 2-1 on goals by Kyle Wallace and McQuade Brubaker. Wallace and Kory DiGrande collected assists.
Balanced scoring for frosh-soph team against Dayton
Matt Olivares, Tyler Slater, Rigel Garman and Joey Aker each scored a touchdown in the South Tahoe High sophomore-frosh football team’s 27-24 defeat at Dayton on Aug. 31.
Slater rushed for 75 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for 27 yards. Aker recorded three quarterback sacks and rushed for 51 yards on 19 carries.
Olivares picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown, rushed three times for 34 yards and caught five passes for 29 yards.
Garman provided 46 yards rushing as the Vikings surpassed the 200-yard barrier as a team. Quarterback Cody Shindelbower completed 8 of 13 passes.
Other defensive standouts were Justin Barnard, Andy Burkhart and Aker – all three players tackled Dust Devils for losses.