Vikings edge Panthers |

Vikings edge Panthers

Gary Kank

The South Tahoe High boys soccer team dominated the action for 78 minutes Wednesday night, defeating the North Valleys Panthers 2-1 in Nevada 4A soccer in Reno.

Sophomore Enrique Avina put the Vikings on the board in the 31st minute when he buried a ball off of a nice cross by Chris McKean.

Avina found the back of the net in the second half as well when Larry Martinez made a series of crafty moves to get the ball in the middle of the box.

“Enrique has been doing a great job finishing for us,” Viking coach Joe Winters said of Avina, who has scored five goals in the past three games. “He’s really been in the right place at the right time.”

Facing the Vikings entire second string, the Panthers notched their only goal of the match in the 78th minute.

With the win, the second-place Vikings improved to 6-2 to stay ahead of 5-2-1 Reno. Carson High, which suffered its first loss of the season to Reno on Wednesday, is in first with a 7-1 record.

“The door is certainly open for us,” Winters said after hearing Carson had lost. “It really gives us an opportunity. Things should be real interesting down the stretch.”

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