STHS goes 14-0 in league
Two down, one to go.
The Vikings set three goals for themselves before the season, and the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team accomplished the second one on Tuesday night by beating Douglas 2-0 at Douglas High School in Minden.
The Vikings’ first goal was to win the Sierra League title, which they did last Thursday by virtue of a 4-0 win over Damonte Ranch. Their second goal was to go undefeated, which they did following Tuesday’s win over the Tigers.
“The next goal is to win (regionals) … that is what we are pushing to do,” said STHS second-year coach Clint Lockhart. “The girls were a little bit out of their element tonight because Douglas’ field is so small. It is maybe 55 yards wide. We like playing a wide game and possession game. The field really threw the girls off.”
South Tahoe (20-2 overall, 14-0 league) is the first team in league history to finish a season unblemished. In 2001, Carson went 11-0-1 en route to a league and regional championship. And in 2002, South Tahoe went 9-0-3 but ended up as a No. 2 seed because Douglas went 10-1 and finished with more points in the standings.
In 2007, the Vikings have set a new standard, but it took until the second half to make their historic mark.
In the 45th minute, Sarah Burks scored off an assist from Karli Vath, then in the 68th minute Vath scored off a pass from Tess Braun. The second goal gave Vath a team-leading 15 goals, while the assist was Braun’s team-leading 15th of the season.
The defense made up of goalie Candace Prescott, Janelle Perasso, Brittany Barcellos, Kelsi Buts and Kylie Noll helped post the team’s 10th league shutout of the season and its 13th overall.
“We pretty much controlled the game for the most part,” Lockhart said. “Our defense really got our offense going tonight. They played a lot of nice through balls to our midfield. It was a lot of boom ball early on, but eventually the girls settled down.”
South Tahoe is a No. 1 seed in the Northern 4A regional tournament and will play the No. 4 seed from the High Desert League in a first-round match on Friday at 6 p.m. at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno. The Vikings’ opponent wasn’t available at press time due to late games played on Tuesday night in the High Desert League.
Carson is the Sierra League’s No. 2 seed and will face the High Desert’s No. 3 seed in another first-round game on Friday. Douglas and Reno secured the Sierra League’s final two playoff berths, but their exact seeds weren’t known at press time.