South Tahoe girls soccer rolls past Dayton 13-0, wins sixth straight match |

South Tahoe girls soccer rolls past Dayton 13-0, wins sixth straight match

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe junior Claudia Janese shields the ball from Dayton defender Jessica Corona on a breakaway in the Vikings’ Div. I-A Northern League match against the Dust Devils on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Viking Stadium.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe girls soccer team shook a slow start on Wednesday, Oct. 21, to deliver its most lopsided result of the season. The Vikings scored 11 second-half goals en route to a 13-0 win over Dayton at Viking Stadium, extending their winning streak to six matches.

“We know what we’re capable of doing, but it didn’t really show in the first half,” Vikings midfielder Desi Benavidez said. “In the second half we just wanted to show what we know we can do — everybody stepped it up and was on point.”

South Tahoe (11-2-2, 11-1-1 I-A Northern) opened the scoring with a strike from Emma Dayberry in the seventh minute, and took a 2-0 lead nine minutes later when Benavidez found the back of the net. Despite controlling possession, those were the Vikings’ only goals in the first 40 minutes — as a team, they were offsides 10 times in the opening half.

“It’s frustrating because they know better — they just had to make the adjustment,” Vikings coach Mark Salmon said. “It’s beyond the quality of play — let’s finish.”

“We just wanted to show what we know we can do — everybody stepped it up and was on point.”Desi BenavidezVikings senior, on the team’s 11-goal second half against Dayton

In the second half, it didn’t take long for South Tahoe to get rolling. Kenya Maltase put the Vikings ahead 3-0 with a finish off a cross from Annie Brejc five minutes into the second half, the first of 11 goals after the break that buried Dayton (1-16-3, 0-12-1).

“We know what we’re capable of and we knew what we should have done in the first half,” Benavidez said. “We just needed to do it in the second half, and I think we did it pretty well.”

Maltase’s 45th-minute goal was the first of five in a six-minute stretch that gave South Tahoe a commanding 7-0 lead. During that stretch, Maltase and Benavidez traded off scoring to complete hat tricks — both seniors added goals later in the frame to finish the match with four goals apiece.

“I took advantage of the space I had,” Benavidez said of her season-best output. “Every time I got the ball, I looked at the space I had — and if I had enough room I would take the shot.”

Dayberry added her second of the match in the 62nd minute to give the Vikings an eight-goal advantage. In addition to Maltase and Benavidez, starting goalkeeper Claudia Janese, Grace Schouten and Bailee Salmon each scored in the last 15 minutes to punctuate the victory.

“We’re a team and we possess,” Salmon said. “We play a certain way, and it’s speed of play with good ball movement — when that gets wiped out and we play individually, we don’t score.”

South Tahoe has won six straight matches, outscoring opponents 34-1 and pitching five shutouts during that stretch. The Vikings trail league-leading Truckee (13-6, 12-1) by one point in the Div. I-A Northern League standings— the rivals meet again on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in South Lake Tahoe.

“The first game was a letdown — we knew we needed to step it up,” Benavidez said. “We know how well we can play, and at this point we’re just trying to keep it consistent.”

The Vikings return to action Saturday, Oct. 24, at Sparks (8-6-2, 8-5). Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

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