Vikings have too much firepower for Tigers
MINDEN – The South Tahoe boys’ soccer team jumped up early and didn’t need much more Wednesday as the Vikings cruised to a 5-2 Sierra Division win at Douglas High School.
Jamie Estrada scored three goals to lead the Vikings, whose defense managed to keep Douglas at bay, allowing only a handful of scoring chances.
“Our passing was great today and our conditioning was great,” said South Tahoe coach Chris DeLeon. “The biggest problem we’re having right now is our mental conditioning. We’re missing easy balls on trapping and having defensive lapses. But the guys really worked hard in getting ready for Douglas and Carson. And now we got Carson on Saturday.”
In the ninth minute, Estrada opened things up with a shot that was partially blocked by Douglas keeper Chris Aguilar but trickled through for the goal. Two minutes later, Douglas’ Michael Barnes hammered a rebound off a David Sturgess setup to tie the score at 1.
The tie was short-lived, though, as South Tahoe went up 2-1 two minutes later after Ian Chandleer scored on a rebound. The Vikings (6-0 overall, 3-0 division) led the rest of the way and went up 3-1 in the 31st minute after Erick Sandoval scored on another rebound, this time on a play intiated by Milton Montoya.
In 33rd minute, Rafael Aguirre slipped a ball behind Aguilar and Estrada scored his second goal of the match. Aguilar made a number of stellar saves in the game, but the Douglas defense had trouble clearing the ball. In the second half, the Tigers had a number of chances to narrow the gap and make a game of it.
In the 47th minute, Eddie Vega had a beautiful shot that bounced off the crossbar. In the 62nd minute, Sturgess found himself alone in front of an empty net but couldn’t place the ball quickly enough and South Tahoe was cleared.
Then in the 70th minute, Martin Rubio got clear in the right corner and sent a beautiful cross to Sturgess, who who got a good glance with his head but watched the shot sailed wide of the net. South Tahoe goalie Alfredo Solorio made five saves in the game.
Estrada completed his hat trick for the Vikings in the 78th minute on a late cross from Derek Simon. The goal was a result of an oustanding combination play started in the midfield by P.J. Bacon. Douglas got a late goal on the ensuing kickoff when Rubio shifted the ball over to Sturgess, who was at the top of the penalty box and finished the play and ended the scoring.
South Tahoe hosts Carson, which is also undefeated in division play, on Saturday at 3 p.m. South Tahoe Middle School.
– Tahoe Tribune sports writer Jeremy Evans contributed to this report.