Tigers pounce on Vikings
Only two points separated South Tahoe and Douglas for second place in the Sierra division of girls soccer when the two prep squads squared off Tuesday afternoon in South Lake Tahoe.
But Douglas left with some breathing room following its 5-0 humbling of the Vikings.
A win would have moved the Vikings ahead of Douglas into second place, but the defeat dropped the home team deeper into the division standings heading into the season’s homestretch.
Douglas scored three goals in the first half and cruised to the victory as South Tahoe never mounted a consistent attack.
“South Tahoe looked flat in the first half,” Tigers coach Fred Schmidt said. “As soon as the first couple of goals were scored, I knew that they’d have a hard time.”
In the sixth minute, Douglas got on the board first when Abby Aldrich received a pass from Amber Gwinn and raced down the center of the field, beating the lone Viking defender and sending the ball into the corner of the net.
Less than three minutes later, Douglas again found the net. This time it was Gwinn who was the scorer as she took a ball from Jessica Girdner and put it in to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Kali Schmidt found the scoring touch in the 24th minute for the first of her two goals. The unassisted goal put the Tigers ahead 3-0.
“If we had played our game it would have been 0-0 instead of 3-0,” Vikings coach Julia Peyser said. “Their goalie (Ashley Sulprizio) is incredible. I don’t think we’ve scored on her ever.”
The two teams went into the half with the 3-0 score. South Tahoe, however, came out like a ball of fire, putting pressure on the Douglas defense at the beginning of the second stanza.
“We’re definitely a second-half team,” senior Katrina Clapp said. “We just didn’t concentrate enough today.”
Fellow senior Erin Brown wasn’t worried about the halftime deficit, either.
“We’ve come back and won in the past, so we thought we could do it again,” the senior said.
That is until the Tigers added their fourth goal. Britney Christen took a cross pass from Lindsee Porter and vollied it into the goal to take the wind out of the Vikings’ sails.
“Once the fourth goal was scored, coming back wasn’t much of an option for us,” Peyser said. “But I don’t think the girls ever gave up the whole game.”
Douglas added a final goal when Schmidt tallied her second score when she took a pass from Gwinn and blasted it in from the top of the box.
“That was a great exchange,” Schmidt said. “It’s not very often that you get a wide-open look from 12 yards out, right in the middle like that.”
Clapp and Brown played in their final home regular-season game and, despite the loss, feel the Vikings are ready for the rest of the season.
“We just wanted to thank our team and wish them luck in the future and the rest of the season,” the two said.
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