STHS rolls Damonte, focuses on Reno
South Tahoe High boys’ soccer coach Chris DeLeon rarely looks ahead on his schedule. But with a revenge game looming this weekend, he couldn’t help but bring up the subject prior to Wednesday’s game against Damonte Ranch.
“We already started talking this week about the Reno game,” DeLeon said. “We are not going out there with anger or anything like that because that can have a negative effect on how we play. We have a different philosophy.”
That business-like attitude certainly worked against the Mustangs as the Vikings scored five goals in the first half and cruised to a 7-0 Sierra League victory at South Tahoe Middle School. The win improved South Tahoe’s league record to 7-1, meaning Saturday’s showdown with the 6-2 Huskies could be for first place.
Reno, which lost to Wooster 1-0 on Wednesday, beat South Tahoe 2-1 on Sept. 13, the Vikings’ first league loss since 2001. South Tahoe went 46-0-5 during its undefeated stretch, but DeLeon believes his team will come out with the same focus as it did on Wednesday.
“We actually started out quick, which is something we’ve been working on,” DeLeon said. “We were able to get into the rhythm right away.”
In the first half, Gil Navarro, Paula Caetano, Anthony DeMarta, Josh Boles and Ian Chandler all scored goals for the Vikings (12-3-1), who subbed out most of their starters after the 30th minute. In the first eight minutes of the second half, Brian Walker and Bryan “Chino” Garcia added the final two goals.
Carson beat Douglas 5-1 on Wednesday to improve its record to 7-1. Since South Tahoe has already beaten the Senators, a win over Reno on Saturday would keep the Vikings atop the league standings.
“I know the kids are ready, but the loss to Reno is not something we’ve focused on,” DeLeon said. “We’ve talked about Reno in the last few practices, but the kids have accepted the loss and have already moved on.”