South Tahoe girls soccer beats Fernley 10-0 |

South Tahoe girls soccer beats Fernley 10-0

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe forward Carli Valney challenges for the ball against a pair of Fernley defenders in the Vikings’ 10-0 win over the Vaqueros on Tuesday. Valney had a hat trick in the victory.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

The South Tahoe girls soccer team delivered a lopsided victory Tuesday to continue its march toward a league championship. The Vikings scored three times in the first nine minutes en route to a 10-0 win over Fernley at Viking Stadium, their third double-digit win of the season.

South Tahoe (15-2-1, 12-0-1 I-A Northern) scored five times in each half of Tuesday’s win. The Vikings set the tone for a blowout win with three goals in the first nine minutes, each involving midfielder Ally King and forward Jordyn Dion.

In the fifth minute, King blasted a header into the goal off a pinpoint cross from Dion to open the scoring. Dion herself split two defenders in the box before beating Fernley’s goalkeeper three minutes later, and in the ninth minute King took a pass from Dion in the left side of the box and produced a right-footed shot that made the score 3-0.

“It started out great — we have to work on coming out as a stronger team,” Vikings head coach Jeremy Evans said. “We did it against Truckee and we benefitted from that — we need to keep doing that, because it could be trouble in these games that are win-or-go-home.”

The Vikings added a pair of goals in the last three minutes of the first half to take a five-goal lead into the break. Midfielder Desi Benavidez snuck a shot from the right side inside the near post in the 37th minute, and forward Carli Valney pounced on a Benavidez rebound two minutes later for her first of three goals in the match.

“We needed to clean it up a little bit in the offensive end — we got that early, then we kind of fell in a lull before picking it up again,” Evans said. “It’s cleaning up the attacking third — getting crosses in, one-touch finishes — and I thought we did that for the most part.”

Forward Alejandra Gutierrez opened the scoring in the second half, taking a backheel pass from Dion at the top of the box and finding the back of the net from 15 yards out in the 46th minute. Gutierrez returned the favor less than 10 minutes later, supplying Dion with a chipped through ball that led to a left-footed finish.

In the 55th minute, midfielder Annie Brejc scored after following up her own shot twice to make the score 8-0. Valney completed her hat trick with goals in the 57th and 77th minutes.

South Tahoe’s large advantage as the game came to a close allowed for a lineup shakeup. Dion moved to goalkeeper for the last 20 minutes of the match, and starting keeper Alicia Rea played up front for the final 10 minutes — Rea took three shots, including one that hit the post and led to Valney’s third goal.

“Alicia can play some soccer — we tried to get players in spaces that they’re not used to and have some fun with it,” Evans said.

With the victory, South Tahoe moved closer to its second straight league championship. The Vikings are now two wins away from securing the outright title, and sit six points ahead of second-place Spring Creek.

South Tahoe returns to action next Tuesday at home against Sparks. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

STHS boys soccer downs Vaqueros 8-0

FERNLEY, Nev. — The South Tahoe boys soccer team rolled to an 8-0 victory at Fernley on Tuesday. Forward Michal Lis scored five times as the Vikings won to keep their grip on Div. I-A Northern League’s last playoff spot.

South Tahoe (8-5-1, 8-4-1 I-A Northern) entered the week in a three-way tie with Elko and Fallon for third place in the league standings. The Greenwave had played two more league matches than the Vikings and Indians through last week, making it likely they will be on the outside looking in when the postseason starts.

In the junior varsity game, South Tahoe beat Fernley 5-1 to improve to 7-2 on the season. Both the varsity and JV teams return to action next Tuesday at Sparks.

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