South Tahoe draw with Galena
A questionable offside call late in the second half took back what would’ve been the go-ahead goal, forcing the South Tahoe High boys soccer team to settle for a 1-1 draw at Galena Wednesday afternoon.
“I couldn’t believe it,” head coach Joe Winters said of the linesman’s call.
With the game deadlocked at 1, the Vikings took a free kick just outside of the Grizzlies’ box. Chris McKean struck the ball and simultaneously sprung Pedro Magallenas, who got out in front of the defense; controlled the ball and found the back of the net.
But the official covering the line raised his flag, not knowing that a player can get out in front of the defense after the ball is struck. The probable game-winning goal was wiped away.
Winters said that while they were frustrated with the official’s call, they didn’t want to take anything away from Galena’s effort in a hard=fought game.
Ironically, the offside call wasn’t the only unlucky play of the match for the Vikiings.
Galena’s only point came on an own goal off the foot of a Viking defender.
“Unfortunately, we had a mixup,” Winters said. “They centered the ball into our defense and when we tried to clear it, we just hit it the wrong way.”
However, the second half saw the Vikings get on the board in legitimate fashion when Leon Abravanel lifted a clean pass to a streaking Alex Torres, who brought it down and ripped it past the keeper.
In a game that saw two Viking shots clank off the Grizzlies crossbar, it seemed apparent that this was one of those strange games that could’ve produced a completely different result.
“We definitely had our chances,” Winters said. “It was just one of those games. Now we just have to go back to work and get ready for McQueen this Saturday.”
On the JV pitch, the Vikings stormed away with a 7-0 victory.
Victor Mariscal led the way with two goals and Corey Vermillion had two assists.
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