Vikes use head in Carson win |

Vikes use head in Carson win

Steve Yingling

Alex Romagnolo headed in a pass from Steve Fruitman with four minutes left as South Tahoe High edged Carson 2-1 in a Northern Nevada League boys soccer match Wednesday in Carson City.

The spectacular goal came two minutes after the Senators scored the equalizer on a goal by Jeff Johnson.

“In a situation like that, where you’re ahead most of the game, I thought the guys could have folded, but they stepped it up the last five or six minutes,” said Viking coach Joe Winters. “The guys were pretty jazzed, and they really got the fever with that one.”

For the most part, the game was a defensive struggle. The Vikings kept the game in front of them with a stalwart defensive effort by Romagnolo, Fruitman and Paul Wilson.

But Winters didn’t hesitate to push his defenders forward when awarded a free kick from 40 yards out with 4:00 left.

“Alex is a very good player in the air, so on corner kicks and free kicks we try to get him close to the goal and try to get him the ball because he’s usually going to get his head on it,” Winters said.

The Vikings opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Jon McKean sent a long ball that Miguel Jaiminez flagged down and slid under the goalie, who came 25 yards out on the play.

South Tahoe’s third straight victory solidified their third-place standing and cut into Carson’s second-place lead in Division II. The Vikings are 4-4, while Carson fell to 5-3-1.

“This one we didn’t play particulary well in, so we definitely know now that when we stay focused and concentrate we can stay in games. In the first few games we lost our focus and games slipped away from us,” said Winters, who picked up his first win in Carson City during his five-year coaching career.

STHS plays host to Hug at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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