Viking soccer making playoff push, host big games Friday, Saturday |

Viking soccer making playoff push, host big games Friday, Saturday

South Tahoe's Oscar Marzocco uses his head against North Valleys. Marzocco scored the Vikings single goals against their last two opponents, Churchill County and North Valleys.
Hans Baumann / AbDiver Photogrpahy

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Tahoe’s boys’ soccer team is chasing a playoff berth and hosts two big games Friday and Saturday.

The Vikings are coming off two consecutive losses to the top two teams in the league.

They lost to Sparks 2-1 last Saturday and were beaten 3-1 Tuesday by North Valleys in Reno. South Tahoe’s Oscar Marzocco tallied both goals in the losses.

North Valleys (11-0 3A Northern League) has surrendered just three goals on the season while Sparks (10-1-1) has allowed just a few more. The Vikings played those top two teams closer than the rest of league teams and if they make the northern region playoffs, they will likely have to go through one of those team to reach the championship game.

Five teams from the league qualify for postseason and with six games left, the Vikings (5-6-1) are in fifth place.

They play Spring Creek (4-6-1) at 6 p.m. Friday at South Tahoe Middle School and have a chance to extend their lead over the sixth place team.

They come back the next day and host Elko (3-7-1) at noon Saturday.

After this weekend, the Vikings play two winnable games next week against Incline (0-10) and Lowry (4-8) before finishing the regular season with Truckee (7-2-2) and North Tahoe (8-3).

The Vikings junior varsity is enjoying a strong season and is in second place behind Sparks.

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