South Tahoe boys soccer blanks Dayton 4-0, extends unbeaten streak to 13 matches
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe boys soccer team took care of business early on Wednesday, Oct. 21, to continue its unbeaten start to the season. The Vikings did all their scoring before halftime in a 4-0 win over Dayton at Viking Stadium, extending their undefeated streak to 13 matches.
“Most of us are seniors, so it’s cool to go undefeated so far,” Vikings defender Jack Kixmiller said. “It helps with our attitude of going to the playoffs and further.”
South Tahoe (8-0-5 I-A Northern) controlled play from the opening kickoff, and opened the scoring on a set piece in the 25th minute. Brandon Estrada put away a corner kick with a one-touch finish to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
The Vikings closed out the first half with three goals in a five-minute stretch to take a 4-0 advantage into the break over Dayton (4-9-4, 2-8-3). In the 34th minute, Danny Teran followed up his own saved shot with a bicycle kick that looped into the net to put South Tahoe two up.
“Once we got on a roll, we kept the roll going — that helped a lot,” Kixmiller said.
Four minutes later, Jonny Medina hit a shot from 30 yards out that swerved past Dayton’s goalkeeper and into the right side of the goal. And in the 39th minute, Cesar Ruiz cut inside from the right wing and beat the Dust Devils keeper low to make it 4-0.
South Tahoe dominated possession after the break, but couldn’t add to its lead. The Dust Devils’ lone shot of the match came in the 63rd minute, but Vikings goalkeeper Antony Lopez easily handled it — the shutout was the junior’s fourth of the season.
Kixmiller said the key to South Tahoe’s second win over Dayton was team chemistry. The captain said coach Eder Vazquez had the players help pick the formation and lineup, and it led to a fluid product against the Dust Devils.
“We know where we play best and how we can play better as a team, and I think it showed,” Kixmiller said. “We switched up the positions.”
The Vikings return to action on Saturday, Oct. 24, against league-leading Sparks (14-1-3, 10-0-3). Kickoff at Viking Stadium is scheduled for noon.
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