STHS soccer loses first league match in 5 years |

STHS soccer loses first league match in 5 years

Vikings drop 2-1 decision to Reno

Staff report

South Tahoe High boys’ soccer coach Chris DeLeon was part of an impressive five-year winning streak that had to end at some point. That point was on Wednesday afternoon in Reno.

The Vikings lost a league game for the first time since 2001 as Reno defeated South Tahoe 2-1 in a Sierra League match at Reno High School.

“It’s been a long time, that much I know, ” said DeLeon when asked about the last time STHS had lost a league match.

South Tahoe had gone 51 games without a league loss in the past five seasons, compiling a 46-0-5 record in that span. The streak included four consecutive league titles and two 4A state titles. DeLeon was an assistant on the 2001 team that lost and has been a head coach the past three seasons.

It certainly didn’t look like the streak would end on Wednesday. In the 17th minute, the Vikings’ David Schue redirected a loose ball past the Reno keeper to give his team a 1-0 lead.

But in the 56th minute, the Huskies found the equalizer after a “questionable” call outside the STHS penalty box resulted in a free kick. The ensuing indirect kick found the head of a Reno player, who placed a shot past goalie Alfredo Solorio. Then in the 70th minute, the Huskies scored on a breakaway to finish the scoring.

“In the first half, we played gorgeous ball,” DeLeon said. “We had shots go off the bar; we were passing well. The second half, we just lost our focus.”

South Tahoe (5-3-1 overall, 1-1 league) hosts Wooster on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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