Vikings delcaw Tigers in boys soccer action |

Vikings delcaw Tigers in boys soccer action

The Douglas Tigers came up the hill only to get cold weather and a cold shoulder from the South Tahoe High boys soccer team as the Vikings blanked Douglas, 3-0.

The Vikings dominated the game from the opening whistle, not allowing the Tigers many scoring opportunities and keeping the ball in front of the Douglas goal.

“Douglas is a good team and I don’t think they came to lose,” Viking coach Joe Winters said. “But we treated this like a zone playoff game. The guys were really up for this one.”

Both teams were playing for the top spot in the Sierra Division, but only one came out playing like a first-place team. The Vikings beat the Tigers to every free ball and passes.

“They outplayed us,” Tiger coach Phil Sheridan said.

Kerim Posadas opened South Tahoe scoring when he received a pass from fellow senior Dave Brown and blasted his shot through the hands of Nate Gardner.

The score remained 1-0 at intermission before the Vikings throttled Gardner with numerous shots.

Carlos Davila opened the second-half scoring with a beautiful shot from about 20 yards out after working the ball into the center of the field and blasting the shot off the top post and into the back of the net, giving South Tahoe a 2-0 lead.

“We tried to identify the weakness and exploit it,” Winters said. “I felt that we needed to dominate the center and we did that well.”

Not only did the Vikings dominate the center, they dominated the defensive end of the field. Led by Ryan Daugherty, South Tahoe stopped every Tiger scoring threat.

“We’ve gotten seven shutouts in 11 games,” Winters said. “I think that Ryan won all the air balls today. If the ball was in the air, Ryan got it.”

It was Brown, who set up Davila’s second goal when he fed him the ball on the right side and Davila slid it in the near corner past the diving Gardner.

“Dave Brown has the potential to dominate a game,” Winters said. “He did a great job of keeping the pressure up today.”

Sheridan was very disappointed with his team’s play and hopes it will bounce back.

“We didn’t finish at all today,” the coach said. “After the second goal we just went flat.

“I’m disappointed because I don’t think that South Tahoe is three goals better than we are.”

The final score was only 3-0, but the Tigers easily could have fallen 6-0 as many Viking shots just missed going in. Noe Estrada unleashed a great attempt in the second half but found the side of the goal and Brown had an attempt roll harmlessly to the right of the net just outside the far post.

“We outshot them today,” Winters said. “We may not be three goals better than Douglas, but it could have been a lot bigger deficit also.”

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