STHS soccer teams whip up on Hawks
While local prep teams with seasons in the spring tend to suffer the effects of Tahoe’s long winter, South Tahoe High’s boys and girls’ soccer teams have no such handicap and it shows.
The girls proved why they are 5-1-1 with a 13-0 trouncing of Hug on the road Saturday, while the boys picked up a 5-2 win over the Hawks to improve to 6-0-1 on the season. The boys’ team is on top of the Northern Nevada 4A League standings, while the girls’ team ranks third.
On the girls’ side, coach Julia Russell said the Hawks were unable to field a complete team so the Vikings dropped a few players to even the match.
“We played them nine on nine,” Russell said. “It looked like they were kind of in a bad way. It was 100 degrees and they didn’t have any subs.”
Russell was pleased with the opportunity to play some girls who haven’t seen as much playing time this season. Several girls scored their first goal of the year, including Coral Warren, the team’s freshman goalkeeper who got a chance to switch positions for the afternoon.
“I took most of the starters out and they played the ball well,” Russell added. “Tracy Ketelsen and Noele Pierini distributed the ball well for us so we were able to shoot a lot and score.”
Colleen Sheehan, Dondra Biller, Devon Maher and Megan Hoppe also scored goals for the Vikings.
“We played them with as many girls as they had and in the second half they came out with eight,” she said. “I guess without any subs or relief it was really tough for them.”
The girls play Spanish Springs at home on Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Hawks delivered a shock to the Vikings in boys’ action, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead.
“They have a decent team with a few really talented athletes,” said Vikings’ assistant coach Ed McClain, who coached the game in Joe Winters’ absence. “We had a slow start and were down 1-0 at halftime. We had a hard time adjusting to a smaller field and we weren’t able to play our possession game. It took us awhile to adjust to our style of play. Once we adjusted we were able to control possession and play well in the second half.”
McClain noted that the Vikings had 11 shots to the Hawks’ two in the first half and were still down.
“It was neat to see the kids having to come back,” he added. “We’ve had games where we’ve rolled over teams. It was nice to see them face some adversity and come back to get the win.”
The boys play Spanish Springs Wednesday at home beginning at 3:30 p.m. to complete the first half of the season.
“We have beaten every team in the division (and) an undefeated season is a big goal for us,” McClain added.