Vikings have little to talk about in loss to Lancers
Teen-age girls are not often accused of being too quiet.
But chatter on the soccer field was glaringly absent in South Tahoe High’s 4-2 loss to McQueen on Tuesday at South Tahoe Middle School.
“That’s our main, main goal – improving the communication on the field. The girls talk all practice long and they have no problem talking socially. But I get them on the field and they don’t talk at all,” said Tahoe coach Julia Peyser. “Connecting better and teamwork stems from better communication. We’ve been working on it.”
McQueen (3-0-1) was doing all of the connecting in the first half. Fourth-year player Lisa Herz scored the first of two goals while Janai Wallace added her own score, as McQueen opened a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, Tahoe (1-3) was struggling to put combinations together and appeared to tire in waning moments of the half. Senior defender Robin Lindner said conditioning is key to the Vikes’ improvement.
“I yelled my head off the whole game, but we need to talk it up more. We were really out of shape at the beginning of the season. And for me, it’s harder to talk when I’m out of shape,” Lindner said.
Added Peyser, “We need to be a little more in shape so they can make the runs. We’re still having to substitute a lot to give people a break.”
The Vikings twice closed the gap to one goal in the second half. Emily Magana kicked one home on an assist from Jen Hamm just four minutes in. But McQueen’s Shannon Brady made it 3-1 on a smooth pass from Herz, who dribbled up the middle of the Tahoe defense.
Tahoe cut it to one just a minute later, as Reggie Braun beat the McQueen keeper one-on-one. Katrina Clapp notched the assist.
“I slowed down the ball so I had better control of it. I looked to see which side (the goalie) was and she was in the middle. I put it in the corner with my right foot,” said Braun, a freshman who scored in her second straight game.
But Herz ensured the Lancers’ win in the 72nd minute, knocking home her second goal to finish on one of her numerous runs. The ball bounced off Tahoe’s keeper Sarah Junge before Herz booted it in for a 4-2 advantage.
“I thought the whole game was played pretty evenly. (South Tahoe) is a good team and they have some fast kids up front. They were definitely working our defenders. We just ended up with a few good breaks and the forwards followed through and finished,” said McQueen’s seventh-year coach Dave Hooker.
The Lancers finished with 14 shots on goal to Tahoe’s three. Junge was credited with 10 saves.
Despite the loss, Peyser said she was pleased with the team’s showing.
“I was proud of them. They had possession half of the time. I was starting to see (them) creating plays in the midfield and overlapping runs on the sides and using our wings,” she said. “It was unfortunate that (McQueen) got more goals in the net. But the girls definitely could have pulled it out and (they) will in the future.”
In the junior varsity action, South Tahoe (1-1-1) earned its first win, downing McQueen 3-0. Amber Wiberg, Jennifer Galea and Lauren O’Connor scored.
Note: 1997 South Tahoe graduate Faye Clapp watched the game from the sidelines. The 1996 Northern Nevada Player of the Year is a freshman this year at UCLA. She has decided to focus on academics and not try and walk on the women’s soccer team this year.
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