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Tahoe’s civil war goes to Vikings

Jeremy Evans

As in most sports, offensive players receive most of the headlines. While it’s no different for the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team, first-year head coach Clint Lockhart admits the key to the Vikings’ league title hopes hinge on his stingy defense.

“The goal scorers get the pub a lot of times, but our defense has really carried us,” Lockhart said. “They don’t make many mistakes back there.”

South Tahoe’s defense was on display again on Wednesday, when it held 3A power North Tahoe scoreless en route to a 2-0 nonleague win at South Tahoe Middle School. Since a loss to Carson last month, the Vikings are unbeaten in six games and have outscored their opponents 22-1.

The Vikings have posted three shutouts this week – including a pair of 5-0 league victories – and have been blessed with solid goalkeeping from Elle Vermillion and Candace Prescott. The backline of Janelle Perasso, Kelsi Buts, Brittany Barcellos, MacKenna Lynn, Brittany McKinnon and Sara Burrell have also been used interchangeably with little drop in production between the players.

“I actually think defense is a real important part of our team,” said Barcellos, who’s earned the nickname “Squirt” for her quickness and diminutive stature. “Without the defense, the forwards wouldn’t score as much. Our defense does a really good job of getting the ball to the forwards.”

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That certainly was the case against the Lakers, who trailed 1-0 in the 18th minute after Jamie Morris’ cross was scored by Morgan Cook. Then in the 53rd minute, McKinnon took a direct kick from 30 yards out and lofted it over the North Tahoe keeper’s head for a 2-0 advantage.

South Tahoe (15-1-2) will need more strong defensive efforts over the next week. The Vikings play at Douglas on Saturday and host Carson on Tuesday, a game that should determine the Sierra League regular season champion.

Carson is in first place in the league standings at 8-0-2 (26 points), while South Tahoe is in second at 7-1-2 (23 points) and Reno, which tied Hug 1-1 on Tuesday, is in third at 6-1-3 (21 points).

“It’s nice to play a team like North Tahoe because it’s not someone you see on a regular basis,” Lockhart said of the Lakers, who are ranked ninth in the latest Sierra Nevada Sports Media poll. “There is also a little bit of a rivalry there. The girls want to be the dominant team at the lake. These past few games have also worked out some kinks for these big upcoming league games.”

STHS boys shutout Colts

Josh Boles had a goal and two assists, while Bryan “Chino” Garcia contributed a goal and an assist as the South Tahoe boys’ soccer team cruised to a 5-0 Sierra League victory over Wooster on Wednesday in Reno. The Vikings opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Chino passed a ball to Anthony DeMarta, who buried a shot in the back of the net.

South Tahoe continued to pour it on from there, using an Ian Chandler goal in the 18th minute and Chino’s goal in the 27th minute to go into halftime leading 3-0. Boles’ two assists came on the final goals of the half.

“It was a near perfect game for us,” said STHS Chris DeLeon. “From the goalie to the defense, midfield and forwards, we executed everything we worked on in practice this week. We gave up a few chances here and there, but overall it was near perfection.”

In the 49th minute, Chandler returned the favor to Boles by supplying a cross that he headed into the goal for a 4-0 lead. Corey Volkmar finished the scoring in the 70th minute with a half-volley off a cross from Diego Villagrana.

South Tahoe (13-3-2 overall, 8-1-1 league) plays at Douglas on Saturday before a showdown with Carson next Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.

WHS volleyball tops Wolves

The Whittell volleyball team beat Coleville in four games in a nonleague match on Monday night in Coleville. The Warriors (18-8) play a Northern 2A doubleheader at Battle Mountain on Friday and a single league match at Lovelock on Saturday.


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