South Tahoe boys soccer scores last-second goal, edges Lowry 1-0 in rain-soaked match
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — For most of the Div. I-A Northern League match between the South Tahoe boys soccer team and Lowry on Friday, Oct. 16, it looked like rain would get the best of both teams. But in the closing seconds, the Vikings struck.
Martin Jimenez fired a shot in the 80th minute that glanced off the Buckaroos goalkeeper and into the net. The strike on the last shot of the match lifted South Tahoe to a thrilling 1-0 win over Lowry at Viking Stadium, extending its unbeaten streak to 11 matches.
“We came out here to do what we had to do and play our ball,” Jimenez said. “We played our game, it got a little bit hard at first, but we got the win at the end of the day — that’s all that matters.”
With mere seconds left, South Tahoe (6-0-5 I-A Northern) scored the match-winner to steal a victory over Lowry (6-7-1, 5-5-1). A Vikings free kick from near midfield resulted in a loose ball that fell to Jimenez 35 yards from goal. The senior dribbled by two Buckaroos defenders and fired a shot that skipped off the turf, bounced off goalkeeper Sergio Lopez, and went into the net.
“I saw the opportunity to go in, I took my shot and I got it in,” Jimenez said. “It was an open shot and I had to take it.”
South Tahoe controlled possession and chances prior to Jimenez’s goal, but couldn’t break free from a scoreless deadlock. Light rain at kickoff turned to heavier precipitation in the 35th minute, leading to a wet second half.
“It was definitely not a sloppy game — Lowry is a competitive team,” Jimenez said.
The Vikings began their push for the first goal of the match in the last 20 minutes, and had a handful of near misses. That stretch included a shot from Jimenez that hit off the crossbar in the 72nd minute, followed by a pair of solid saves from Lopez two minutes later.
“This win is huge for us,” Jimenez said. “We want to take to take it up to state, and this is just one step closer.”
The following afternoon, Saturday, Oct. 17, South Tahoe edged winless Fallon 2-1 to remain undefeated on the season. All the scoring took place after halftime as the Vikings held off the Greenwave for a one-goal win.
With four matches left in league play, South Tahoe sits in third behind Sparks (9-0-3) and Elko (8-1-3). Truckee (7-4-1) is behind the Vikings in fourth place.
South Tahoe returns to action at home against Dayton on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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