Vikes continue streak
After seeing his team hold off Carson High 1-0 on Friday, South Tahoe boys soccer coach Joe Winters described the Vikings’ 14-game unbeaten streak as more precarious than dominating.
“It seems like we’re trying to make it close in every game, giving the other team plenty of chances to beat us,” said Winters, whose team is 10-0-4 this season. “The last couple of games, we haven’t played our style of ball-control offense and just haven’t had many offensive opportunities.”
Carson, one of the four teams to tie the Vikes during their current streak (1-1 on Sept. 22), had chances to put an end to the South Tahoe streak in front of its home crowd. Although official shot totals were not kept by either team, Carson coach Bruce Bergantz estimated that the Senators had about twice as many scoring opportunities as the Viking.
“We should’ve taken them,” Bergantz said. “I couldn’t be more happy with the way we played. We had our opportunities to finish, but never did.
“It was a good, balanced game. South Tahoe is definitely the team to beat from the North.”
The only player who did finish his scoring chance during the game was Viking forward Evan Baker, who took a pass from Steve Fruitman from across the the penalty area in the 65th minute and put his shot through the hands of diving Senator goalkeeper Sean Carter. The goal was only the ninth allowed in the last 10 games by Carter, who began his season on the Carson junior varsity.
The Senators created some scoring opportunities in the game’s final 20 minutes on some long shots, but they were easily corralled by Viking goalkeeper Peter Chiarpotti. The closest shot, taken by Jeff Johnson from a tough angle, hit the outside of the post and deflected away for a Viking goal kick.
With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Chiarpotti, who finished the game with six saves, did make a mistake that gave Carson one final chance to salvage a tie. On a loose ball at the top of the box, Chiarpotti caught the ball outside the penalty area for a Senator free kick. The quickly taken free kick deflected high off a Viking defender in the wall, however, and Carson wasn’t able to get another shot on goal. South Tahoe improved to 15-0-4 overall (10-0-4 in Northern Nevada 4A league play), while Carson dropped to 9-4-2.
South Tahoe resumes play on Wednesday when Reno visits for a 3:30 p.m. game.
Carson plays at Douglas on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
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