South Tahoe girls, boys soccer teams sweep Fernley in season finale, head to regionals
Div. I-A Northern Region Tournament
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 5-7
at Adobe Middle School, Elko
Quarterfinals - Thursday, noon
(3) Sparks vs. (6) Spring Creek
(4) Fallon vs. (5) Lowry
Semifinals - Friday, noon
(1) Truckee vs. Fallon-Lowry winner
(2) South Tahoe vs. Sparks-Spring Creek winner
Final - Saturday, 10 a.m.
Quarterfinals - Thursday, 2 p.m.
(3) Truckee vs. (6) Spring Creek
(4) South Tahoe vs. (5) Lowry
Semifinals - Friday, 2 p.m.
(1) Sparks vs. South Tahoe-Lowry winner
(2) Elko vs. Truckee-Spring Creek winner
Final - Saturday, noon
The South Tahoe boys and girls soccer teams finished the regular season in style last Thursday, Oct. 29, with shutout wins over Fernley. The Vikings girls rolled Fernley 9-0 at Viking Stadium while STHS’ boys blanked the Vaqueros 5-0 on the road.
In the girls match, South Tahoe (15-2-3, 13-1-2 I-A Northern) downed Fernley 9-0 led by a hat trick from Kenya Maltase. The Vikings entered their last league match two points behind Truckee, and the teams ended up that way — the Wolverines secured the Div. I-A Northern League championship with a 2-0 win over Lowry.
Desi Benavidez added two goals for South Tahoe against Fernley, while Bailey Segers, Emma Dayberry, Alejandra Gutierrez and Grace Schouten each found the back of the net once. Gutierrez, Bailee Salmon and Maria Martinez totaled two assists apiece.
In the boys contest, South Tahoe (8-1-7) wrapped up its regular season with a 5-0 win at Fernley. The Vikings finished in fourth place in the final league standings, one point behind Truckee, four back of Elko and five behind league champion Sparks.
Both teams’ scheduled games against Incline on Monday, Nov. 2, were cancelled due to inclement weather. As a result, each club now shifts its focus to the postseason; the Div. I-A Northern Region tournament will be held at Adobe Middle School in Elko, Nevada, from Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 6-8 — beginning the road to a state championship.
The two-time defending state champion South Tahoe girls open regional play on Friday after a quarterfinal bye. The second-seeded Vikings will meet the winner between third-seeded Sparks and sixth-seeded Spring Creek in the regional semifinals on Friday at noon with a state tournament berth on the line — the regional championship is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.
South Tahoe’s boys team earned the fourth seed and makes its postseason debut against fifth-seeded Lowry on Thursday at 2 p.m. The winner of that match advances to the regional semifinals to play top-seeded Sparks — each finalist qualifies for the state tournament, with the regional championship scheduled for noon Saturday.
The Div. I-A state championships are scheduled for Nov. 13-14 at South Tahoe. The finalists from the Northern and Southern regions will vie for the state title at Viking Stadium.