Vikings don’t feel good about tie with Carson |

Vikings don’t feel good about tie with Carson

Carson High’s Senators made the most of their opportunities on Wednesday, while South Tahoe’s boys didn’t, and the result was a 1-1 soccer tie.

The Viking varsity stayed undefeated, but tied for the fourth time this season despite outshooting Carson badly at South Tahoe Middle School. The Vikings surrendered a one-point lead just a minute after they achieved it, and couldn’t muster another score despite several golden opportunities.

“It hurts to tie,” said South Tahoe senior forward Andy Butcher, who scored South Tahoe’s only goal. “It’s not as bad as a loss, but it hurts to tie.”

Butcher broke a scoreless tie in the 50th minute. Senior co-captain Evan Baker fed Butcher a pass that set up a one-on-one between Butcher and Carson’s goalie. Butcher converted, for his third goal in the last four games, and South Tahoe led 1-0.

“I just put it in the corner of the net,” Butcher said.

But Carson needed just a minute to draw even. In the 51st minute, senior Senator Jeff Johnson picked up a free kick classmate Toby Steele dropped into the middle of the box, and lofted a shot over South Tahoe keeper Pat Reardon to tie the score. South Tahoe dominated the rest of the possessions but couldn’t convert another shot by the end of regulation.

“Our finishing was horrible today,” said South Tahoe head coach Joe Winters. “We didn’t take shots in good situations, which we’ve got to do.”

Winters felt he might have overemphasized defense in practice. Indeed, South Tahoe limited Carson to just two good opportunities in the second half – both off throw-ins. But the offense stalled in the second half, despite many good opportunities in the Carson goal box.

“The biggest frustration is how many balls we missed that we put into their box in the air,” Winters said.

Even with the tie, South Tahoe still is in the driver’s seat for the Northern Nevada 4A League’s Division II. South Tahoe still is undefeated at 10-0-3 overall (5-0-3 in league play).

“We had more good opportunities that we didn’t connect on,” said Carson head coach Bruce Bergantz, whose Senators are 4-2-2 after Wednesday’s tie. “Equally, on the other hand, give the credit to South Tahoe. They’re always a tough team.”

South Tahoe’s boys resume league play Saturday, when they travel to Hug for a 1 p.m. game.

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