South Tahoe girls soccer beats Sparks 4-0
SPARKS, Nev. — Following a 10-day break from league matches, the South Tahoe girls soccer team delivered a victory to pick up where it left off. The Vikings blanked Sparks 4-0 on Wednesday, their sixth straight shutout win in league play.
South Tahoe (8-2-1, 6-0-1 Northern I-A) did all its scoring in the first half of Wednesday’s victory. Forward Jordyn Dion and midfielder Ally King each had a goal and an assist to lead the way.
“Our finishing in front of the net was rather inefficient,” Vikings head coach Jeremy Evans said. “We created plenty of chances, which was a positive on a narrow, muddy field at Sparks — but the girls need to find that composure and put balls away.”
Midfielders Annie Brejc and Ashlee Schouten also scored against Sparks (1-6, 1-4) — defender Jensen Smith added an assist. The Vikings won despite sloppy play in the attacking third.
“Oftentimes players think ‘Well, I need more chances and then I will get it right,’” Evans said. “But the reality is we’ve already generated more than enough chances, so we need to figure out how to score the ones we are getting — in an important game against a quality side, we might only get a few opportunities.
“I am confident we will get there, it’s just something we have to clean up moving forward.”
South Tahoe returns to action Friday at Lowry. Saturday afternoon, the Vikings renew their rivalry with Whittell in a highly anticipated contest between state title contenders.
“We need to work harder for results against good teams, particularly against a team as talented and motivated as Whittell,” Evans said. “Whittell may be a smaller school but is every bit the soccer team we are. There’s a lot of talent on that team, and they would challenge for our league and state title in Division I-A this season, no question.”
South Tahoe and Whittell met twice last season — the first meeting was a 1-1 tie and the Warriors took the second contest 2-1. The Vikings went onto win the NIAA Div. I-A state title, while the Warriors lost in the Div. III championship game.
“While it was disappointing to lose for our girls, that game really jump-started our trajectory toward a state title because the players started to buy into what our coaching staff was preaching and they understood that they weren’t as good as they thought they were,” Evans said.
In the latest MaxPreps rankings, Whittell is second in the state with South Tahoe ranked fourth — the Vikings dropped two spots after their loss to top-ranked Douglas (Minden, Nev.) last week. The Warriors come into Saturday’s match unbeaten in nine games to start the season.
“There is a lot riding on this game, both from a soccer perspective and from a local bragging rights perspective,” Evans said. “Us coaches want everyone to focus on the soccer aspect, but the reality is the girls know this is more than a soccer game, this is ammunition for the winning team to remind the losing team who’s better for the next 12 months.”
Kickoff at Viking Stadium for the South Tahoe-Whittell match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday. It is the only meeting between the teams this season.
“It should be a special game — it’s Homecoming week and we have a home game on our field against our crosstown rival, so I shouldn’t have to motivate these girls,” Evans said. “Coupled with what happened this year and the fact that it’s Whittell, our girls will be ready.”
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