South Tahoe girls soccer exacts revenge against Incline 6-1, delivers statement victory
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe girls soccer team aimed to send a message in its rematch with Incline on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The Vikings did exactly that, avenging a loss to the Highlanders from the first round of 3A Northern League play.
“We showed them who we are and how we play,” Vikings junior Annie Brejc said.
South Tahoe beat Incline 6-1 at Viking Stadium on Wednesday, scoring three times before and after the break. The dominant victory extended the Vikings’ unbeaten streak to eight matches.
“We showed them who we actually are,” said Vikings senior Ana Garcia, who had a hat trick in the win. “We knew how they played, and we stepped up our level.”
South Tahoe (10-4, 9-2 3A Northern) had a two-goal lead 21 minutes into Wednesday’s match courtesy of goals from Garcia and Brejc. Incline (5-5-1) got on the board in the 28th minute, but the Vikings answered before the break.
In the 38th minute, junior Zoe Fiston slammed home a cross from Brejc at the far post to give South Tahoe a 3-1 lead headed into halftime. In the second half, the Vikings rode that strike to a five-goal victory over Incline.
“It was good to get that one with a couple minutes to spare,” Vikings coach Mark Salmon said. “It gave us momentum and confidence that we needed going into the second half.”
Garcia put the Vikings ahead 4-1 in the 50th minute, and completed her hat trick with eight minutes to play. Brejc scored her second of the match in the second half, and finished with two goals and two assists — Incline simply had no answer for her speed on the left wing.
“When Annie is 100 percent and she’s playing like that, there’s not a single player that can defend her,” Salmon said. “She can create so well — and when she has confidence, that’s when we know we’re running on all cylinders.”
“I had confidence in myself that I could beat them,” Brejc added. “I controlled the left side, and that was my job on the field.”
Though South Tahoe let in its first goal in 613 minutes of action to halt its shutout streak at seven matches Wednesday, it did nothing to diminish one of the team’s strongest performances of the season. The Vikings’ loss at Incline in the first round of league was their lowest point of the campaign, and Wednesday’s win marked a complete turnaround since then.
“To come back and play like this shows Incline — and the league — that we’re a new team and the powerhouse we’ve always been,” Salmon said.
South Tahoe returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 19, at home against league leading Truckee. Kickoff at Viking Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.