Raiders shoot down Vikings in overtime thriller |

Raiders shoot down Vikings in overtime thriller

SPARKS – The game was mainly for bragging rights.

But don’t tell that to South Tahoe High goalkeeper Peter Chiarpotti.

The Vikings took the Reed Raiders to double overtime and double shootout before falling to the home team 3-2 in the second shootout.

Both teams still go to the 4A Nevada state tournament next weekend, but only Reed will go down to Las Vegas as zone champs.

The score was tied 1-1 after regulation, and 2-2 after double overtime. It was even tied after the first round of penalty kicks, and it looked as if the two teams wouldn’t ever decide a league champion. That is, until Chiarpotti guessed wrong on a Tim Miller shot, giving the Raiders the crown.

“A championship game should come down to overtime,” Raider head coach Bart Vandamme said. “But PKs are a hard way to determine a winner because it’s exciting to win and devastating to lose.”

South Tahoe looked to have the game in hand many times during the shootout, going up one goal repeatedly before Reed would answer with a goal to tie the contest.

The two teams went through so many shooters that both coaches were sending up young players to make critical shots.

South Tahoe sent freshman Tim Head to put the Vikings ahead, but his shot just missed going in and flew over the top of the crossbar. Miller then fired his shot home to give the Raiders the win.

“We just got to the point where I was sending whoever wanted to shoot up there,” Vikings coach Joe Winters said. “Tim was making them in practice during the week and he felt confident.”

Tahoe looked to have the game decided in the first round of the shootout before Scottie Norman’s shot bounced off the post and Chiarpotti and into the back of the net to keep the contest going.

The Raiders took a 2-1 lead in the first overtime when Zach Canale scored with three minutes left off a cornerkick.

“We thought the one in OT was going to do it,” Vandamme said.

The Vikings did not give up as they kept putting pressure on the Raider defense. A tripping penalty was called in the Raider goal box and senior Dave Brown blasted home the penalty kick to even the score at 2.

Reed was down 1-0 with about eight minutes left in regulation when a miscommunication between two South Tahoe defenders allowed the Raiders to tie the game and send in into overtime.

In a crowd in front of the STHS goal, two Vikings went for the same header and missed, allowing Hasaan Shabazz to get the loose ball and flip it in.

“There was a lack of communication back there,” Winters said.

But there was some communication on the first goal of the game as the Viking offense worked in perfect sync when Kerim Posadas took a pass with 13 minutes left in the game and headed it into the near corner to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.

Despite the loss, the Vikings still earned a second straight berth in the state tournament. Winters isn’t too concerned with the loss sticking with his team next week.

“We just gave away the zone title,” Winters said. “We could have as easily won the game in regulation as we lost it in the shootout.”

Chiarpotti turned in a phenomenal performance in the loss. He made numerous stops throughout the marathon contest, including a terrific kick save in the shootout to keep the Vikings alive.

“He really scares me,” Vandamme said. “Pete is one of the best in the league. He’s awesome.

“He made some great stops on out two ace kickers early in the shootout.”

Both the Vikings and the Raiders will be in Las Vegas on Friday, with the Vikings’ game beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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