Vikings finish a disappointed runner-up in league
The Vikings went undefeated this year. But sometimes undefeated still isn’t good enough.
The Vikings tied Carson 2-2 Tuesday when they really needed a win in Carson City. Instead, Douglas got the win over Reno and took a one-point lead in 4A Sierra Division girls’ soccer to close out the year and rob undefeated South Tahoe of a first-place, league finish.
The Tigers finished the season 10-1-1 for 31 points, having defeated Reno 2-0 Tuesday night. South Tahoe finished the season 9-0-3 for 30 points.
“We’re disappointed. (The girls) are disappointed. They took it pretty hard,” said Viking coach Julia Russell.
The Viking team traveled to Reno after their game to catch the season-ending Douglas victory. “Disappointed” may not be a strong enough word for how the Vikings felt.
But the disappointment ended there. It started hours earlier.
The Vikings started strong against Carson with an unassisted goal by Jen Napier in the 11th minute to take a 1-0 lead.
Russell said the girls were connecting well, and maintaining possession.
They held the lead until the half, but then came out of the second-half gate on their heels.
The Senators took advantage and scored two goals before the Vikings were able to recover.
Finally, Megan Hoppe scored on a free kick outside the 18-yard mark with 1:30 remaining to tie it.
The Vikings finished the day with 18 shots. Goalies Sierra Shipley and Erika Gonzales were only forced to make a total of six saves.
Many of the Vikings rallied in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. The Vikings couldn’t finish.
Russell said the tie was that much more disappointing, knowing the Vikings outplayed the Senators.
The day wasn’t about Carson or Douglas or how the final standings are tabulated.
“We let it slip away,” Russell said.
While the seeding won’t be complete until the season ends, the Vikings begin the 4A Northern Region Championship on Nov. 2. They will likely play third-seeded McQueen from the High Desert League.
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