No. 1 Vikings don’t wilt in Fallon heat
FALLON – South Tahoe’s varsity girls’ soccer team made some halftime adjustments Tuesday to break open a scoreless match and post a 4-1 nonleague win at the Ed Arciniega Athletic Complex.
Although the Sierra Nevada Media Group’s top-ranked Vikings (6-0) took 17 shots on goal in the second half, Fallon goalkeeper Kate Pinder positioned herself effectively to stop many of the sHots.
“At halftime we were a little worrried, but they came out strong in the second half,” said STHS coach Clint Lockhart. “When you have a bench as deep as us and as competitive as we are, I knew we would be able to rotate girls in freely and there would be a strong effort all the way around.”
The second half saw a more aggressive Vikings team penetrating the middle and keeping Fallon flat-footed on the transitional part of the match. Fallon (0-3-2) also changed goalkeepers.
“We lost the middle because we were watching instead of moving,” said Fallon coach Lance Lattin.
He said Fallon’s transition game to defense became sluggish due in part to South Tahoe’s play.
“They came out very aggressive and attacked the ball,” he said.
Lockhart said the heat became a factor in the first half as the Vikings tried to adjust to the 102-degree heat.
“The heat got to us,” he said, “but I told them to play the last 40 minutes hard.”
South Tahoe moved the ball well during the first two minutes, scoring the match’s first goal on a Tess Braun’s header after Bree Norton hit the crossbar on a 25-yard shot.
South Tahoe kept moving the ball to its left side, trying to exploit some gaps on Fallon’s defense. Morgan Cook and Cassidy Burg traded crosses for the Vikings’ second and third goals at 46 and 51-minute mark, respectively.
Karli Vath capped the Vikings’ scoring unassisted at 62:00.
Fallon ruined the shutout with a goal at 67:58. Anna Lecker drove a high direct kick over the defense and behind the South Tahoe goalkeeper.
The Vikings will travel to Damonte Ranch on Saturday for a 3 p.m. match.
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