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Vikings may bring surprises into night game

Will she play? Will she sit?

The Vikings may surprise the Reed Raiders tonight as the girls’ soccer team prepares for the second round of the 4A Northern Region Championship with Kelly Meyer back on the bench.

“She has clearance from her doctor,” said Viking head coach Julia Russell. “But I’m concerned about her going into a game situation after being off for 2-3 weeks. We’re just playing it by ear.”



Meyer, the leading scorer on the Viking lineup during the regular season, sustained a fractured patella during a collision with an opposing player several weeks ago.

The nature of the fracture wasn’t clear, but Russell said it appears the injury was less severe than originally thought.




“She seems to be fine. But we’re concerned with the nature of her injury,” Russell said.

Meyer, a junior, still has another year with the Vikings. Her teammates are as concerned about her as they are about winning.

They also don’t want to disrupt the rhythm they’ve developed with other forwards finishing on offense and with more time on the field.

“Alyssa (Reilly) and Renee (LaForce) have both been playing really well and I’m not sure how Kelly is going to come back from injury,” said teammate Lauren Bachelder, “so we’re working hard in every aspect.”

Meyer played briefly at the end of STHS’s 4-0 first-round regional victory against McQueen on Saturday.

“It comes down to whatever is best for the team,” Reilly said. “She was our leading scorer so we want her back. But we don’t want her to get hurt because she has another year and we don’t her to jeopardize that … but we’re happy to have her back.”

The Vikings maintained their undefeated regular season without Meyer, but finished second in the Sierra Division after three ties put them behind Douglas by a point. But they dominated their match with McQueen.

“It was great,” said keeper Sierra Shipley about the win. “It really built up our confidence. We were a little worried because we tied Carson … But it made us feel a lot better about our game.”

The Vikings face Reed under the lights at Reno High in a rare night game tonight at 6:30 .

This week, South Tahoe has been practicing at night at Todd Fields to get its “night eyes” in gear and to get used to the cold.

“It’s different. It’s hard to keep your head in the game when it’s cold, so (the coaches) are getting us prepared for that,” Reilly said.

Few of the Vikings have seen Reed before. Bachelder played them last year in zone and said they were quick and aggressive. She expects a tough game.

The Raiders won the High Desert League with 11 wins in 12 matches.

“I know that they’re quick,” Russell said. “They have some speed and have a good passing game like we do.

“What we’ve been working on is speed of play … If we can really focus on our touch and speed of play, then we’ll be able to outplay them, but they are a good team.”

Note: Junior Becky Brand scored the Vikings’ fourth goal in the 73rd minute of the first-round playoff victory.

— Darin Olde can be reached at dolde@tahoedailytribune.com or (530) 542-8008.


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