STHS girls soccer clinches league title
Damonte Ranch didn’t make it easy, but the South Tahoe High girls’ soccer team accomplished one of its season goals on Thursday. The other two goals will have to wait – for now.
Karli Vath scored twice and Tess Braun added two assists as the Vikings clinched the Sierra League regular season title with a 4-0 win over the Mustangs at the Community Youth Sports Complex.
“The girls set goals for themselves at the beginning of the season,” said STHS coach Clint Lockhart, now in his second year with the Vikings. “One of their goals was to win league, which they’ve now done, but they don’t want to stop there. They want to go undefeated and they want to win a championship.”
South Tahoe (18-2 overall, 12-0 league) will be a No. 1 seed at next week’s Northern 4A regional tournament. The Vikings will play the No. 4 seed from the High Desert League.
South Tahoe’s only regional title was in 1996 and it has never gone undefeated.
Damonte, though, was hoping to hand the Vikings their first blemish in league play. The Mustangs placed eight players behind the ball at all times, not allowing STHS to get behind them for scoring opportunities.
As a result, the score was 0-0 at halftime.
“We had shots going off the post and a lot of near misses in the first half,” Lockhart said. “The girls were getting a bit frustrated, but they started to click the last 15 minutes of the first half. Alli (Fox) scored her goal in the first few minutes of the second half, and it kind of started from there.”
Fox, who had a first-half shot hit the post, scored in the first four minutes in the second half off an assist from Braun. The Vikings piled it on from there, getting two goals from Vath to make it 3-0, while Marissa Davis finished the scoring with a goal later in the half.
Nina Thompson and Janelle Perasso both had assists. South Tahoe hosts Wooster in a league game on Saturday, then finishes the season at Douglas on Tuesday in Minden.
Warriors beat up on other division
If only the Whittell boys’ soccer team could play in the Sagebrush Division of the Northern 3A boys’ soccer league.
Whittell raised its record against the “other” division to 4-2-2 with a 3-0 shutout of Fernley on Thursday in Zephyr Cove.
“We’d almost be in first in that league,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase, whose team must continually compete against Sierra League powers Truckee, North Tahoe and Incline. “It would be nice to see some balance in these two divisions.”
Maltase moved senior keeper Paul Waite to forward, allowing freshman Alex Potnick to gain some experience between the posts. Waite responded in his new role by scoring the Warriors’ first goal on a feed from Christian Hernandez.
The goal stood up for the rest of the half, and then the Warriors provided some breathing room with Hernandez and Thomas de Meiderios scoring second-half goals.
Whittell (9-12-3) can earn its 10th win Friday when Spring Creek comes to Zephyr Cove. Game time has been switched to 4 p.m.
“We’re doing better than expected after losing 13 seniors off last year’s team,” Maltase said.
The Warriors, however, did receive some bad news upon learning that freshman sweeper T.J. Kolesnik will miss the rest of the season with a broken thumb.
STHS JVs also clinch league title
Cassandra Diaz had a goal and two assists, while Shelbi Spicer scored a goal and added three assists as the South Tahoe JV girls’ soccer team wrapped up the Sierra League title with an 8-0 win over Damonte Ranch on Thursday at the Community Youth Sports Complex.
Jessica Faucett contributed two goals, while Marisol Lizaoloa, Vinnie Cifelli and Alexis Nunes-Fenley each added goals. Nunes-Fenley and Mikayla Feagres combined to post the shutout in goal for STHS.
The Vikings haven’t allowed a goal all season and improved to 11-0 in league play. STHS hosts Wooster on Saturday.