South Tahoe girls soccer rolls past Lowry, Fallon, extends winning streak to five matches
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe girls soccer team didn’t let wet conditions on Saturday, Oct. 17, keep it from delivering a fifth straight league victory. The Vikings rolled to a 4-0 win over Fallon at Viking Stadium, its second shutout win in three days.
“We played like we can play, and we had numerous opportunities besides the one that we got,” Vikings head coach Mark Salmon said. “It was another well-balanced game.”
South Tahoe (10-2-2, 10-1-1 I-A Northern) got two goals from Emma Dayberry in the win, including the first goal of the match early in the first half. Desi Benavidez gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead before halftime, with Dayberry and Annie Brejc each scoring in the second half to bury Fallon (7-6-2, 5-4-2).
Benavidez, Bailey Segers and Bailee Salmon each had an assist in South Tahoe’s win over the Greenwave. In the first round of league play, the teams played to a scoreless draw.
“We hit the bar a couple times and missed some easy opportunities in front of the net,” Salmon said. “The ball was pretty slippery, and we were having a hard time getting our foot on crosses.”
Two days earlier, South Tahoe delivered a complete performance en route to a road victory. The Vikings beat host Lowry 3-0 on Thursday, Oct. 15, scoring twice in the first half and adding a goal after the break.
“Lowry is a scrappy team, and whenever you travel you just never know,” Salmon said. “They’re really physical, and I was really happy with that game — it was some of the best soccer we’ve played all year.”
Brejc scored twice in the Vikings’ win over the Buckaroos, and Zoe D’Angelo added a goal. Amanda Muskopf and Samantha Frates finished with an assist apiece.
“We moved the ball extremely well and had a lot of opportunities,” Salmon said.
Since losing at league-leading Truckee 2-1 on Sept. 30, South Tahoe has won five straight matches. The Vikings have allowed one goal during that stretch — on a penalty kick — and currently sit two points behind the Wolverines (11-1) in the league standings.
“I’m glad it happened because it’s made our girls train harder. They’ve played better soccer since then,” Salmon said. “If we can get strong and get healthy with the soccer we’re playing right now, the sky is limit.”
South Tahoe returns to action at home against Dayton on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Kickoff at Viking Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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