Tigers not strong enough to stop "LaForce"
South Tahoe High School’s girls’ soccer team established itself as the team to beat Tuesday after defeating Douglas 2-0 at home, ending a four-year victory drought against the Tigers.
The team executed its fourth straight victory — its third at home — and its third straight shutout with goalkeepers Sierra Shipley and Erika Gonzalez.
The Vikings allowed their opponents only one point in all four of their regular season games, but not since their first game against Spanish Springs.
The Vikings extended their undefeated streak to four games with a record of 3-0-0 in the 4A Northern Region Sierra League and 4-0-0 overall.
More importantly, the team has defeated both Reno and Douglas, two of the three teams which finished above the Vikings in 2001. Then, South Tahoe trailed Reno, the next closest team in league, by three games.
The Vikings took an early lead in the 17th minute of the first half when the Tigers were called for a hand ball.
Kelly Meyer, a junior center forward, scored on the penalty kick to provide the lead.
The Vikings wouldn’t score again until the 35th minute of the second half.
Meyer made a cross deep in the Tigers’ zone to Renee LaForce, who jammed a strong shot off the left-side inside pipe.
“It was a great pass,” said LaForce of the pass from Meyer. The goal is LaForce’s second of the year.
Douglas continued to pressure the ball, and had several scoring opportunities, but couldn’t put the ball in the net.
In the second half, Douglas outshot the Vikings 12-7, but put only three shots on goal — one off the post.
Of South Tahoe’s shots, five were on goal, including a post shot from Meyer.
“It’s a huge statement for our girls,” said Viking head coach Julia Russell. “And they trained for it.”
The hard work the team has put in during practice is beginning to reappear in the score of their victories, she said.
The Vikings next face Hug at 1 p.m. Saturday at home.
Hug, followed by Fallon and Wooster will give the Vikings a little break compared with their previous few games, but they’re not counting on easy victories.
Their next biggest league rival is Carson, who they face at home Oct. 1.
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