Soccer playoffs: South Tahoe girls try for title defense, boys a No. 3 seed; Incline looks to make some noise | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Soccer playoffs: South Tahoe girls try for title defense, boys a No. 3 seed; Incline looks to make some noise

The South Tahoe Lady Vikings soccer team begins its quest for a second straight northstate title Thursday afternoon in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 3A Northern Region Championships.

The Vikings (16-2-3), the Northern League A Division champ and top seed of the tournament, kickoffs at 1 p.m. against Fernley (9-4-2), the No. 3 seed from League B at Churchill County High School in Fallon, Nev.

Fernley is the first step for the Vikings in their mission to winning a first state crown since 2014, and unseat rival, and 3-time defending champion Truckee, the No. 2 seed.

If the Vikings win Thursday, they will play the winner between North Tahoe and Spring Creek at 2 p.m. Friday.

The Incline Highlanders qualified as the fifth, and final, seed in the difficult League A.

Incline squared off most of the season against schools two and three times bigger and finished by dishing out more than they took with a 7-6-5 overall record.

The Highlanders will square off against White Pine, a school closer to their size, at 3 p.m. Thursday. Although White Pine is more similar in size, they are the top seed from League B and lost just one league game.

Should Incline prevail, a date with Truckee would likely be ahead at noon Friday.

The championship game will be held at noon Saturday.

The South Tahoe Vikings boys (11-7) battled through a league where most anybody could win on any given day to earn the third seed.

They were the only team in league to finish without a tie, something the Vikings haven’t done in about 10 years.

Sparks dominated the league while the next seven teams were separated by just 14 points.

South Tahoe will take on Lowry at 3 p.m., also at Fallon.