STHS boys’ soccer team plays to tie and win over weekend
The South Tahoe boys’ soccer team is picking up steam as the season gets rolling, playing to a scoreless tie against North Tahoe Friday afternoon before shutting down Reed 7-0 Saturday.
Both matches were played at home for the Vikings.
“We may have come out a little bit flat against North Tahoe, (which) is a very good team,” said STHS coach Joe Winters. “I think we may have taken them a little too lightly. We get to play them again next week so hopefully we’ll be a little more mentally ready to play.”
With its first-game jitters behind it, the Vikings team came out Saturday and dominated the Raiders.
“Obviously it was a rematch of last year’s zone finals,” Winters said. “Reed came out and played us really physically last year at the zone finals. Our guys were looking forward to this game. We came out and Corey Vermillion scored just 3 minutes into the game.”
Vermillion followed that up with a second goal at the 10-minute mark. The Vikings’ Leon Abravanal got a goal off a free kick at the 15-minute mark, Joe Fereira scored on a penalty kick at the 22-minute mark and Alex Torres added another in the 33rd minute for a 5-0 Vikings’ lead at the half.
Things didn’t get any easier for the Raiders in the second half, as STHS got two more goals from Enrique Avina and Devon Blann.
“We played a pretty sound game,” Winters said. “We had seven goals from six different guys so we spread it out. I think that’s the key for us to be successful (because) against North Tahoe we played a little selfishly. You have to play like a team to win. We have to be willing to share the ball and give it to the guy who is open for the shot. You can’t just do it on your own. We found that out Friday and Saturday we came out and played more like a team.”
The Vikings play Reno on the South Tahoe Middle School field today beginning at 3:30 p.m.