South Tahoe boys soccer blasts Fallon 9-0, notches second league victory | TahoeDailyTribune.com

South Tahoe boys soccer blasts Fallon 9-0, notches second league victory

Anthony Gentile
agentile@tahoedailytribune.com
South Tahoe senior Lex Merrifield (left) and junior Kevin Nunez (right) celebrate after Nunez scored in the first half of the Vikings’ league match with Fallon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Viking Stadium.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe boys soccer team lit up the scoreboard with an unrelenting attack Wednesday, Sept. 28. The Vikings beat Fallon 9-0 in a 3A Northern League match at Viking Stadium, scoring a big win with a season-best offensive performance.

South Tahoe (2-6-1, 2-4-1 3A Northern) had goals from four different players in the first half Wednesday, and added five more after the break. The Vikings had scored eight goals total in their first eight matches, and exceeded that number in 80 minutes against Fallon (0-9, 0-7).

The Vikings opened the scoring in the 20th minute when senior Dillon King tapped in a shot at the far post off a corner kick. Three minutes later, junior Kevin Nunez put home a breakaway chance to make it 2-0.

Just before halftime, South Tahoe scored two goals a minute apart to take a commanding lead. Senior Gybran Marquez dribbled through the Greenwave defense following a turnover and scored in the 38th minute, then senior Lex Merrifield found the back of the net a minute later to make it 4-0.

After the break, South Tahoe extended its advantage to 5-0 in the 53rd minute. The Vikings scored five times in the last 27 minutes en route to a nine-goal win over Fallon.

SOUTH TAHOE GIRLS SOCCER BEATS FALLON 6-0, GARCIA TALLIES HAT TRICK

FALLON, Nev. — The South Tahoe girls soccer team delivered a season-best offensive output and pitched a third straight shutout en route to road victory Wednesday, Sept. 28. The Vikings beat Fallon 6-0 in a 3A Northern League match, led by a hat trick from senior Ana Garcia.

South Tahoe (5-4, 5-2 3A Northern) scored three times in each half against the Greenwave. Garcia had three goals in the win, junior Lulu Gutierrez scored twice and junior Jocelyn Barajas added one.

Senior Claudia Janese stopped two shots in the Vikings’ shutout of Fallon (0-5-4, 0-5-3). South Tahoe won decisively despite missing four players and starting senior Emma Dayberry at center back instead of her usual role in attack.

Both teams conclude the first round of league play Friday, Sept. 30, against North Tahoe. The girls host the Lakers at Viking Stadium while the boys travel to Tahoe City — both matches are scheduled for 5 p.m.