South Tahoe boys soccer rolls in home opener, downs Fallon 5-0
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe boys soccer team made its home debut on Saturday, Sept. 19, and celebrated the occasion with a decisive victory. The Vikings dominated play en route to a 5-0 victory over the Greenwave at Viking Stadium, extending their unbeaten streak to four matches to start the season.
“We’re really confident and we came out with the win,” Vikings midfielder Danny Teran said. “We were all on it and we were ready.”
South Tahoe (2-0-2 I-A Northern) controlled possession from the outset, and had a 2-0 lead at halftime. The Vikings had a 20-0 advantage in shots on goal over Fallon (0-3) in the opening 40 minutes, but only had a two-goal lead at the break.
The Vikings opened the scoring nine minutes into the match on a goal that came off a cross. In the 32nd minute, South Tahoe added to its lead when Chuy Vazquez volleyed a corner from Teran into the back of the net.
“He was way back there and I saw him running,” Teran said. “I got it right to him.”
Late in a physical first half, frustration boiled over for the Greenwave. After a tackle in the 38th minute near the South Tahoe bench, Fallon defender Thomas Robertson put Vikings midfielder Johnny Medina into a headlock on the ground and delivered a punch.
“There was no need for that, but it is what it is,” Vikings head coach Eder Vazquez said. “We handled it really well.”
South Tahoe players reacted strongly to the incident, which resulted in a red card for Robertson and a skirmish near the bench. Play stopped for several minutes, and a minute after it resumed a verbal altercation led to a red card for a Vikings assistant coach.
“We’re all brothers on this team, so if one of us gets hit we’re all going to stand up for them,” Chuy Vazquez said. “We’re not trying to take things too far, but that doesn’t fly.”
Tempers cooled after the break, and South Tahoe controlled play with the man advantage. Teran scored four minutes into the second half, and added a second goal in the 67th minute to put the Vikings ahead 4-0. Eduardo Vasquez punctuated the win with a tap-in in the 75th minute.
“I saw the gap between the two Fallon players, I thought I could take it through them and I did,” Teran said.
A day earlier, South Tahoe ended a stretch of three straight road matches to start the season with a 3-3 draw at Lowry. The Vikings watched a late lead slip away when the Buckaroos converted a penalty kick in the final minutes.
“It was an intense game,” Eder Vazquez said. “We controlled the game and their goals were on set plays.”
Antonio Facio put South Tahoe ahead in the fifth minute on Friday, and it took that lead into the break. Medina and Teran scored for the Vikings in the second half; Teran’s header gave the visitors a 3-2 lead.
“We have to keep focused on our game, not the other team and not the referees,” Eder Vazquez said. “Every game is a lesson learned.”
South Tahoe has two wins and two ties in its first four matches, picking up a win apiece in each of the last two weeks. Sparks (4-0-0) and Lowry (3-0-1) are also unbeaten in Div. I-A Northern League play.
“At first it was a little rough, but I see a lot of improvement,” Teran said. “We’re all trying our best, and I think it’s going to be a good season.”
South Tahoe returns to action on the road Wednesday, Sept. 23, against Dayton at 6 p.m. The Vikings travel to play Sparks on Saturday, Sept. 26, at noon.