South Tahoe boys’ soccer team notches another shutout
There may be stronger boys’ prep soccer teams than the Vikings in the Northern Nevada 4A League this year, but it would be hard to find a more stifling defense.
South Tahoe has allowed just one goal in eight games en route to a 7-0-1 record on the year. The Tigers were the latest victims as the Vikings traveled to Douglas and picked up a 1-0 win Wednesday afternoon.
Even with the shutout, South Tahoe coach Joe Winters would like to see a little more success on offense.
“We had a lot of chances, but we couldn’t put it in the net,” Winters said. “It wasn’t a finishing day for us, but I thought we did some good things. Our defense was phenomenal. It was a good match for us.”
Corey Vermillion scored a solo goal for the Vikings in the 12th minute of the game and it proved enough as the defense took over.
“It was more like a deflection,” Winters said. “The ball came loose and he jumped on it.”
Winters credited the Tigers’ goalkeeper with 10 or more saves.
“They were all hard shots right at him,” he added.
At this point in the season, Winters has to be pleased with what he sees in his team from match to match. The only downside to the Vikings’ season was a scoreless tie with North Tahoe, which South Tahoe avenged Tuesday night with a 4-0 win over the Lakers on the North Shore.
“We’ve got a very strong team,” he said. “Our defense is strong and we have a lot of weapons, but we have to be a little more patient at times and not get frustrated when things aren’t going easy for us.”
The Vikings play at Carson on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Last year, the Senators played South Tahoe to a 1-1 tie in the teams’ first meeting before losing the second match-up of the season 1-0.
“That will be a big game for us because they are one of the top teams in the division,” Winters said.
Also, the junior varsity soccer team improved its overall record to 7-0-1 with a 5-2 victory at Douglas.