No style points for Vikings at N. Valleys
Even though his team was leading 2-0 at halftime and had dominated North Valleys in the first half, South Tahoe coach Chris DeLeon wasn’t happy. In fact, he was a bit annoyed.
“Our guys kept trying to do all these fancy shots instead of putting the ball away,” said DeLeon, whose team had 10 shots in the first half. “That’s not what I’m about, that’s not what we’re about. I told them to keep the ball low and drive it. They responded well.”
South Tahoe used two second-half goals from Ernesto Mosqueda and another from Derek Simon – all of which were to DeLeon’s liking – en route to a 5-1 Sierra Division win over the Panthers on Wednesday in Reno.
Mosqueda assisted on Milton Montoya’s goal in the 30th minute and also on Simon’s goal in the 57th minute that made it 4-0.
Simon then assisted on Mosqueda’s goal in the 73rd minute that made it 5-0 before North Valleys’ lone score came off an own goal in the 75th minute. The Vikings’ first goal was scored by Erick Sandoval in the game’s opening minutes off an assist from Jamie Estrada.
“They did what I wanted them to do,” DeLeon said. “North Valleys had one or two good players and that was it. I put Jamie Estrada on their captain and he pretty much shut him down.”
The Vikings (8-1 overall, 6-0 division) host Hug on Saturday at 3 p.m. at South Tahoe Middle School.
STHS girls snap streak
Ashlee McGehee scored two goals as the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 Sierra Division win over North Valleys on Tuesday in Reno. The Vikings bounced back from a 2-1 nonleague loss to defending 3A state champion North Tahoe on Monday and improved their division record to 4-2.
South Tahoe (5-4) opened up a 2-1 lead against North Valleys off goals from Morgan Cook and McGehee. The Panthers made it 2-1 right before halftime, then tied it at 2 after Karli Vath was called for a handball inside the box. North Valleys converted the penalty kick.
Vath, though, redeemed herself by scoring the game-winning goal two minutes later. McGehee added the fourth goal in the 65th minute.
“North Valleys is not a pushover team anymore. They are pretty decent,” said STHS coach Jose Gonzalez. “We had to earn all of our goals against them.”
Against North Tahoe on Monday, the Vikings went up 1-0 off a Natalie Flores’ goal in the first half, but the Lakers scored the next two goals to earn the victory.
Vikings earn No. 2 seed
Jimmy Roberts and Nathan Garofalos won all three of their singles matches and Zach Kropf won two singles matches in a 12-6 Sierra Division victory over North Valleys on Tuesday in Reno.
With the win, South Tahoe (7-2 overall, 6-1 division) clinched the No. 2 seed at next week’s Northern 4A playoffs.
Against the Panthers, the doubles team of Nick Smith and Tyler Venema also won twice, while the teams of Nick Noomen and Sean Brower and Jake Leonard and Jared Kolar each won one match.
The Vikings play a nonleague match at Truckee today at 3 p.m.