Vikings return to zone finals in boys soccer action |

Vikings return to zone finals in boys soccer action

SPARKS – South Tahoe High now is in some very familiar territory – the championship game of the boys soccer zone tournament and a spot in next week’s state tournament.

The Vikings set up a date with Reed in Saturday’s final game by handing McQueen a convincing 3-1 defeat Wednesday night at Reed High.

Reed advanced the final game by beating Reno 3-1.

McQueen shut down the powerful Viking offense for most of the first half before senior Carlos Davila looped a beautiful shot from about 20 yards just under the crossbar to give South Tahoe a 1-0 lead at the break.

“That was just great awareness by Carlos,” Vikings coach Joe Winters said. “He thought that if he could get it off before their keeper came out, then it would go in.”

In the second half, the Vikings kept the ball in front of the McQueen goal. The constant pressure on the Lancer defense eventually allowed South Tahoe to find the back of the net.

Freshman midfielder Leon Abravanel score his second goal of the season in the 48th minute. Fellow freshman Alex Torres threw the ball in across the front of the goal. The toss sailed past Kerim Posadas, who just missed a bicycle kick, and carried over to Abravanel, who fired it home to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead.

“They seemed to let down after my goal, ” Abravanel said. “We just worked harder when we saw that.”

Alex Torres got the final score for the Vikings when he tackled the ball away from a McQueen defender and slid it under the diving keeper to increase the lead to 3-0.

“That was a great athletic move,” Winters said. “Most guys would just try to toe punch it in, but that’s not the way Alex plays.”

The Vikings gave up a late goal by Jan Roehlinger, but it was too little too late for the Lancers.

“That late goal was a little disappointing, but we still got the win,” Winters said.

Senior Dave Brown controlled the middle and opened the opportunities for the offensive players. Although his contribution doesn’t always show up in the stat sheet, Winters knows his presence in invaluable.

“He’s such a workhorse,” Winters said. “His strength is controlling the middle for us.”

The Vikings return to Reed to defend their zone title Saturday at 1 p.m.

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