Posada scores twice, lifts South Tahoe over Reed
Down 1-0 for the second time in two days, South Tahoe High’s boys scored three unanswered goals as they beat Reed 3-1 Wednesday to win their soccer home opener.
Kerim Posada scored twice for the Vikings (6-0-1), who needed a late goal from Evan Baker to salvage a tie with Elko on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Vikings overcame another slow start with two goals from Kerim Posada and a late score from Baker.
“In the second half, I think, we opened up more spaces, giving ourselves more opportunities to score,” said Baker, a senior, and one of the team’s captains. “It seemed like we stepped it up a little bit because we knew we had to win after the tie (Tuesday).”
Reed’s Travis Bartek put the Raiders up 1-0 in the 13th minute. South Tahoe evened the score 20 minutes later, when Posada picked up a loose ball in front of Reed’s goal and beat keeper Peter Chiarapotti low and left. He scored his second within four minutes, heading in a pinpoint cross from midfielder Gustavo Romero, and Tahoe led 2-1. Posada nearly had two more goals, just missing on a penalty kick, then hitting crossbar on a wild shot from beyond midfield. Posada said he liked his new position at outside midfield, which includes him more in the flow of the offense.
“He’s working really hard up there, so we’re still doing some lineup changes,” South Tahoe head coach Joe Winters said. “We like to find the open guys and I think we were finding more opportunities to get open.”
The Vikings took over in the second half, outshooting Reed 11-4. Baker provided the final margin in the 38th minute. With Reed down one man after two yellow cards, Romero fed Baker a through ball close to midfield. Baker chased it down and split two Reed defenders, who couldn’t catch up to the play. Baker tapped the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal for the final margin, and South Tahoe closed the week by winning its sixth game in six days.
“We didn’t lose our composure, and that’s what was great,” said Winters, whose veteran Vikings started the season with a first-place finish in the Vacaville Kickoff Classic in California.
The Vikings have a rare day of rest today, before kicking off their second home game of the season at 3:30 p.m. Friday, against Lowry at South Tahoe Middle School.
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