Vikings get tongue-tied with Reed
There’s an old saying, “a tie is like kissing your cousin.”
Well, South Tahoe head coach Joe Winters isn’t interested in kissing anyone’s cousin, but he has to settle for it this time as his Vikings tied Reed 1-1.
“There are good ties and bad ties,” Winters said. “And this was definitely a bad tie.”
South Tahoe came into the match undefeated while Reed hadn’t won a game. The match didn’t look like an undefeated team against a winless one. Both teams play the contest to a standstill with all the goals coming in the first half.
At the 16-minute mark, Reed got on the scoreboard first when James Gill took a pass from Daniel Elendrez and fired a shot over the head of Viking keeper Peter Chiarpotti to go up 1-0.
“It was a good war out there,” Raider head coach Bart Vandamme said. “We had a lot of pressure on them in the first half.”
The two teams traded misfired shots on goal until the very end of the first stanza. Right before the halftime whistle, Carlos Davila took a pass from Alex Torres and placed a chip shot over the head of the charging Hassan Shabazz to even the match at one apiece.
“I took the pass from Alex and saw the keeper coming at me, so I just was trying to pop it up over him and it went in,” Davila said.
The second half was more of a chess game than anything else as both teams mounted attacks only to come up empty. The keepers for both teams made repeated diving saves to preserve the tie.
“Their sweeper (Ryan Daugherty) played a great game,” Vandamme said. “He broke up lot of our attacks. I hope he doesn’t have a headache tomorrow morning because of all his headers.”
Winters was happy with the fact that his team pick up their first defeat of the year, but he wasn’t pleased with the overall performance on the field by the Vikings.
“We didn’t come out ready and prepared to play,” Winters said. “We didn’t get it done today and that’s been our problem this season. We rely too much on one person to score for us.”
The Vikings try to return to their winning ways on Saturday when they travel to McQueen.
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