Vikings’ offensive output a keeper
South Tahoe High goalkeeper Peter Chiarpotti got on the scoring sheet for the second time in as many games as the Vikings defeated the visiting Wooster Colts 5-0 in a Nevada 4A soccer match Wednesday at South Tahoe Middle School.
On the final goal of the match, Chiarpotti showed off his leg by launching a powerful dropkick over the Colt defense and on to the foot of Chris McKean, who was streaking down the middle. McKean skillfully collected the ball, dribbled to the baseline, and with a crafty move, slid the ball under the keeper’s arm.
“I haven’t scored all season, so I was just trying to get my first one in there,” McKean said. “When the goalie left that inside post open, I just put it in.”
The assist, which is number two on the year for Chiarpotti, is something he doesn’t focus on, but won’t hesitate to try for when he sees the right opportunity.
“They were trying to do offside traps in our half field, so I just kicked it over their head,” Chiarpotti said. “We have quick forwards up top, so I try to exploit that.”
Chiarpotti nearly got the first assist of the match as well.
In similar fashion to McKean’s goal, Chiarpotti burned the Colt defense with a booming dropkick and found a streaking Armando Sanchez down the right side. However, Sanchez unselfishly passed up on a bad angle shot, making a brilliant cross over the middle to winger Alex Torres, who one-timed the ball into the back of the net.
“It’s not something I coach or we rely on,” Viking coach Joe Winters said. “But he can definitely be an offensive weapon for us.”
However, on this day Chiarpotti’s assists weren’t the key to victory as the Vikings dominated the ball for almost the entire match.
Pedro Magullenas, Leon Abravanel and Larry Martinez all scored their first goals of the year in an opening half that ended with the Vikings ahead 4-0.
“We were moving the ball around and keeping them on their heels most of the time,” Chiarpotti said. “They couldn’t control it when we passed it around them. They were like cones.”
With the dominance that took place in the first half, unfortunately things got chippy in the second.
Nearing the full-time whistle, Martinez and a Colt defender got tangled up on a challenge ball. After picking themselves up off the pitch, both exchanged words, which led into punches and ultimately red card ejections.
“I knew they were getting frustrated and were going to start playing a little dirty,” Winters said of the second half play. “I didn’t want to leave my younger players out their and get beat up, so I figured my normal starters would be able to go out there and knock the ball around. Of course, I didn’t figure that they’d start throwing punches.”
All the Vikings seemed to think the altercation, which led to the ejections of both Martinez and McKean, was senseless.
“We don’t need that at the end of a game when we’re beating a team 5-0,” Abravanel said.
“We just lost our cool towards the end, which is ridiculous, there’s no need for that at all,” he said.
Although they will be without McKean and Martinez, the Vikings will look to continue the success this Saturday when they face North Valleys for a 1 p.m. tilt at South Tahoe Middle School.
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