South Tahoe girls’ soccer team earns crucial 3A victory |

South Tahoe girls’ soccer team earns crucial 3A victory

The youngest kids on the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team have played large roles in the Vikings’ success this season.

South Tahoe freshmen Kelsey Hogan, Giovana De Loia and Phoebe Barkann led the Vikings to a crucial 1-0 3A Northern League road victory Monday afternoon against the Incline Highlanders.

“It was a gigantic win,” said Vikings head coach Mark Salmon. “Us being the three seed right now, having lost a couple I don’t think we should have, we were in a tough spot playing at Incline. They have been playing well, against North Tahoe (second place in 3A) and were up late against Truckee (first place). It was tough. We had a great first half and missed a couple of opportunities. We were both sloppy in the second half and we almost gave up the equalizer late that would have been disappointing.”

Hogan scored her team-leading eighth goal in the first half off an assist from De Loia on a play Salmon called beautiful.

De Loia received the ball wide left and made a quality first touch then sent a 30-yard lofted pass into the box to Hogan, who also made a nice first touch and beat the keeper.

“Her goal was just clinically sound, very professional,” Salmon said. “It was much more challenging than the two earlier in the half that we missed from close range.”

Barkann, the Vikings’ keeper, made five saves and recorded her sixth clean sheet of the season.

“The freshmen have done their part and really stepped up and now I’m looking for the upperclassmen to add a little more,” Salmon said. “The strength of the freshmen, they are showing how strong we will be in the future. They’re great kids, great attitudes, coachable, team players, we couldn’t ask for more. They are helping us stay in the race.”

South Tahoe (6-2-1 3A Northern) moved into a points tie for third place with Spring Creek (6-4-1 3A) and pushed Incline (5-3-2 3A) into fifth. Truckee (9-0-1 3A) and North Tahoe (8-1-1 3A) have a little distance on the Vikings and Spartans.

“The league is tough this year and we’re taking games one at a time and just trying to get into the playoffs,” Salmon said.

South Tahoe next will host Sparks (1-8-1 3A) at 5 p.m. Friday.

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