Soccer teams open with familiar results
It was a start that local soccer fans are accustomed to, but given that both South Tahoe High varsity teams were breaking in new head coaches, the results were somewhat unexpected.
New girls’ coach Randy Volkmar and his Vikings finished runner-up in the Galena tournament, winning four straight games before nemesis Reed beat them on penalty kicks in the final Saturday in Reno.
First-year boys’ coach Chris DeLeon guided the defending state champions to the Galena tournament title on Saturday. The Vikings bounced back from a preliminary-round loss to Truckee to roll to the tournament title.
“It took a little Bobby Knight speech,” DeLeon said of his talk following the team’s 2-0 loss to Truckee. “I told them I was going to make them run (today) and after that, they played a gorgeous game against Galena.”
South Tahoe trounced Galena 3-0 in the semifinals and then edged Reed 3-2 in the championship.
The Vikings twice rallied against Reed with Alex Yure’s penalty kick the decisive blow. Cory Vermillion knotted the score at 1 and P.J. Bacon provided the equalizer before Yure’s winning shot. Hector Mariscal, the younger brother of Victor, was taken down in the box to set up the penalty kick with five minutes to go.
“We’re starting off where we finished off, but we’ll take it minute by minute, day by day and practice by practice,” DeLeon said.
The boys also defeated Bishop Manogue 3-0 and Team Analy of the Bay Area 1-0.
The STHS girls’ string of victories included a penalty kick decision over Incline, 2-0 over Galena and 2-1 and 2-0 sweep of North Valleys.
Ellie Vermillion stopped two penalty kicks in the win over Incline, Ashlee McGehee and Rachel Ward found the net against Galena, Nolie Pierini and Megan Robert each scored in the first win over North Valleys and then Pierini and Cybil Robinson had goals in the semifinal triumph over North Valleys.
With Reed resting for more than an hour between its semifinal and final games, STHS was at a disadvantage because of a shorter break.
“We begged for 15 minute,” Volkmar said.
In the championship, Pierini’s goal near the end of the first half tied Reed at 1. Neither time scored in the second half and Reed eventually won on penalty kicks.
“The girls have already marked on their calendars when we play Reed again,” Volkmar said of the Oct. 5 matchup in Sparks.
Courtney Blann and Colleen Sheehan keyed a strong defensive effort throughout the tournament as South Tahoe allowed only two goals.
“It was a very positive start,” Volkmar said. “There is great team unity.”
Next up for both teams is Damonte. The games are now away because of a resodding project at South Tahoe Middle School. The girls will play on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and the boys at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Reno.
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