South Tahoe girls soccer beats Fernley 10-0, extends shutout streak to seven matches
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — For seven straight matches, the South Tahoe girls soccer team has kept the opposition out of the net. The Vikings beat Fernley 10-0 in a non-league match at South Tahoe Middle School on Monday, Oct. 10, extending their shutout streak in dominant fashion.
“It shows what we’re capable of,” said Vikings senior Jennifer Valdivia, who scored three goals in the win.
South Tahoe (9-5) had a two-goal lead at halftime Monday, and scored eight times after the break to turn the match into a rout. The Vikings scored five goals in the first 17 minutes of the second half to pull away from Fernley (2-4-3), who is playing in a Class 2A this season.
“When we play some teams, we get down on ourselves and we have to figure out who we actually are,” Valdivia said
Valdivia had a hat trick in the win, completed in the 80th minute with a left-footed blast. Senior Ana Garcia and junior Jocelyn Barajas added two goals apiece for South Tahoe against the Vaqueros.
“We were actually stepping to the ball and we weren’t panicking,” Valdivia said of the Vikings’ big second half.
Two days earlier, the Vikings blanked Sparks 5-0 on the road in a 3A Northern League contest. The win was South Tahoe’s sixth straight in league play, and improved their league record to 8-2.
Valdivia, Garcia, senior Emma Dayberry, junior Annie Brejc and junior Bailey Segers all scored for the Vikings in Saturday’s victory. Brejc added two assists against the Railroaders.
South Tahoe returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 13, against Incline at Viking Stadium — kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Vikings lost to the Highlanders in the first round of league play, and see that match as a turning point in their season.
“We owe Incline a thank you, because that loss spurred what has happened since,” Vikings coach Mark Salmon said. “Now we have to show them how we really play on a fast, wide surface at home — I think they’re going to cut loose.”
Since South Tahoe’s 2-0 loss at Incline on Sept. 14, the Vikings have won seven of eight matches. The defeat changed the course of the Vikings’ season, and they look forward to facing the Highlanders again.
“We’re excited for it,” Barajas said. “We can’t wait for it.”