Vikings heat up against Greenwave |

Vikings heat up against Greenwave

Steve Ranson

FALLON – Defending 4A champs South Tahoe and Fallon dueled in the hot desert sun Wednesday. A late first-half goal and two more in the second half catapulted the Vikings to a 3-0 nonleague varsity boys’ soccer victory over the Greenwave.

After struggling in the first half, the Vikings discovered some of their offensive magic for the final 40 minutes.

“The heat and drive got to us in the first half,” South Tahoe coach Chris DeLeon said.

However, DeLon said conditioning may have given the Vikings a boost.

South Tahoe (4-2-1) and Fallon (2-3-1) relied on their defenses in the first half. Only a shot the Fallon defense couldn’t stop led to the match’s first goal.

With less than 40 seconds remaining in the first half, Anthony Demarta moved to his left and kicked the ball. The ball hit the lower part of the post and ricocheted back to Demarta. He then cocked his leg back and kicked the ball toward Fallon goalkeeper Tyler Sugg. Sugg dropped to the ground trying to grab the ball in both hands, but the ball rolled away and into the back of the net.

“A ricochet is going to happen,” Fallon coach Nathan Waite told his players after the match. “The defense couldn’t stop it.”

At the 43rd minute, David Schue took a pass and headed the ball in for a 2-0 South Tahoe lead. Almost 14 minutes later, Fallon was called for an infraction inside the box, and South Tahoe’s Gil Navarro drilled the PK.

DeLeon said Fallon played smart defense in stopping most of the Vikings’ shots. South Tahoe took 23 shots on goal compared to Fallon’s nine.

“We didn’t take advantage of those shots,” DeLeon said.

Waite said he changed his defensive scheme for this match.

“Our defense really turned it around and made some adjustments,” Waite said.

Even though Fallon did not score, Waite said he is not concerned.

“This was not a league match. We focused on other things,” he said. “I’m not concerned because I know the guys we have can get the job done.”

Scott Wardwell had three scoring opportunities for the Greenwave. On each attempt, the Fallon senior broke away from the Vikings’ defense and raced toward the goal. Every shot sailed wide to the right.

Waite said he felt the players came together against South Tahoe and played with determination.

DeLeon also noticed the same characteristic.

“Fallon came out with so much heart,” the Vikings’ coach said.

South Tahoe was scheduled to play at Damonte Ranch on Saturday, but the match has been canceled since Damonte can’t field a team.

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