Vikings over Panthers
If South Tahoe High girls’ soccer coach Clint Lockhart had any concern about a letdown on Tuesday against North Valleys, he didn’t have to wait very long to have his worries alleviated.
Karli Vath scored the first of her three goals in the opening minute of play and Tess Braun added two goals and an assist as the Vikings crushed the Panthers 8-0 in a Sierra League match at South Tahoe Middle School.
South Tahoe (8-2 overall, 3-0 league) was coming off a convincing 3-1 victory over top-ranked Carson on Saturday in Carson City. Listening to their coaches’ advice, the Vikings scored five goals in the first 20 minutes.
“Sometimes after you have had a tough game like we did against Carson, the players are physically and mentally exhausted,” Lockhart said. “So you worry that they may have a little bit of a lapse. But they came out hard, scoring within the first two minutes, and kept the intensity up. That’s what we wanted.”
Morgan Cook assisted on both of Braun’s goals in the first half, each of which were the result of crosses from the right side of the field. Vath, who also had two assists, scored the fourth and fifth goals of the first half on breakaways and was assisted by Sarah Burks and Braun, respectively.
It was a relatively pedestrian day in goal for sophomore keeper Alexis Nunes-Fenley, who only faced three shots. Nunes-Fenley, who was filling in for regular starter Candace Prescott, recorded the first shutout of the season for South Tahoe, which outshot North Valleys 25-3.
“I think we were pretty focused and kept our minds in it,” she said. “We came out fast and hard like we need to every game. If we do that every game, we can go all the way.”
Burks, Nina Thompson and Alli Fox all scored goals in the second half. South Tahoe hosts Reno in a league game on Saturday at STMS.