South Tahoe boys soccer falls against Incline 3-0, playoff hopes take hit
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A challenging season for the South Tahoe boys soccer team will likely end without a postseason appearance. The Vikings lost to Incline 3-0 at Viking Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 12, a 3A Northern League defeat that dealt a big blow to their playoff chances.
“Staying focused, playing with heart and great attitude was going to make the difference,” Vikings coach Eder Vazquez said. “We did that, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”
South Tahoe (3-9-1, 3-7-1 3A Northern) hung with the Highlanders in a scoreless first half Wednesday, but couldn’t keep up after the break. Incline (10-2-4, 5-1-4) broke through three minutes into the second half with a goal from Chris Contreras, the first of three second-half goals for the visitors.
“They knew that it was a key game, more than any other we had played,” Vazquez said. “It was a combination of a lot of things that went wrong [in the second half].”
Against Incline, South Tahoe relied on a number of junior varsity players due to injuries. Sophomore Kiyan Parsi started at center back and freshman Nick Sanchez saw extensive time in the midfield — both played in front of freshman keeper Isaac Sanchez in net.
“This season has been tough with the numbers and injuries,” Vazquez said. “We’ve had to move the starting lineup a lot.”
With five league matches left, South Tahoe is in seventh in the league standings with 10 points — eight points back of the fifth and final playoff spot. The Vikings entered the season with a young team, and the inexperienced group has taken its lumps while struggling to find consistency.
“We’re just moving forward and trying to get three points every game from now on,” Vazquez said. “We’ll see what happens.”
The Vikings return to action Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Truckee. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.