Vikes dominant in win over Galena
McKinnon scores, assists in 3-0 victory
By Jeremy Evans
Tribune staff writer
When South Tahoe and Galena played in the championship game of the Galena preseason tournament on Saturday, both girls’ soccer coaches came away feeling good about their prep teams. When the two teams met on Tuesday at South Tahoe Middle School, only one coach came away with the same feeling.
Senior Brittany McKinnon scored the game’s first goal, then assisted on the next to lead the Vikings to a 3-0 nonleague victory over the Grizzlies. It was South Tahoe’s second victory in four days over Galena, which lost to the Vikings in a penalty kick shootout in its own tournament over the weekend.
“We’re a young team, but South Tahoe is a great side,” said Galena coach Ron Jones. “Today’s game was a totally different environment than the other day. The tournament was more an endurance event because we were the only two teams to play 200 minutes.”
Galena, the defending Northern 4A champion, has eight underclassmen on its roster and never got going offensively against the Vikings. South Tahoe goalie Elle Vermillion and defenders MacKenna Lynn, Janelle Perasso, Sara Burrell and Kelsi Buts recorded their fourth shutout of the season, three of which came during the team’s undefeated run in the preseason tournament.
McKinnon’s goal on a direct kick in the 10th minute gave the Vikings (6-0) a 1-0 halftime lead. They increased that lead to 2-0 four minutes into the second half after McKinnon assisted on Karli Vath’s goal. In the 55th minute, Cassidy Burg finished the scoring off a pass from Lynn.
“I would say passing is our biggest strength right now,” Vath said. “We also have great team unity.”
First-year STHS coach Clint Lockhart would agree, though he wasn’t quite ready to call his team the Sierra League favorites. Lockhart used numerous players against the Grizzlies on Tuesday, partly because his team was so far ahead and partly because he realizes it’s still early in the season.
“It’s an encouraging sign to know we have a good foundation to build on,” Lockhart said. “I know – and the girls know – that we have a lot of work to do, but it’s a good way to start the season.”
The Vikings, who also won the Galena preseason tournament last year, play a nonleague game at Fallon on Monday at 3 p.m.
South Tahoe’s JV team beat Galena 2-0 on Tuesday at STMS.