Vikings scoring in bunches
Let South Tahoe High score one goal and expect a few more goals to follow.
The Vikings used a three-goal, second-half scoring flurry to pull away to a 3-0 nonleague boys’ soccer victory over Reed on Wednesday at the Community Youth Sports Complex in South Lake Tahoe.
“If they try to hold us to one goal, it’s not really gonna happen, because when we get our first one, it picks up our level another notch,” said STHS defender Mac Cerceo. “It’s kind of like we smell blood.”
STHS used the same approach a week earlier, netting three goals in 10-minute span in beating Spanish Springs 3-0.
On Wednesday, South Tahoe came up empty-handed in a first half that saw it take 17 shots. Frustration, however, never set in as the Vikings turned up the pressure even more in the final 40 minutes.
Gavin Chandler put the Vikings on the board in the 49th minute on a touch shot from eight yards out. Bryan “Chino” Garcia started the scoring onslaught with a nifty move in the center of the field before giving it up to Anthony Demarta, who set up Chandler for the goal.
“After our (halftime) talk, we just came out a lot stronger, a lot more active,” Chandler said. “We knew we could do it, so we just did it.”
Not satisfied, the Vikings scored again in the 53rd minute when Brian Walker’s well-executed corner kick was headed into the goal by Andres Munoz.
“Everyone lagged. No one marked up for that header,” said Reed coach Richard Hollis.
The Vikings almost added a third goal a minute later when Walker led Chandler with a pass in the box. Chandler was tripped from behind, creating a penalty kick. Reed keeper Josh Tone, however, dove to his right to stop a low shot by Garcia.
South Tahoe did come away with a third goal in the 61st minute as Walker delivered a slick pass to German Garcia, who finished the 5-yard shot.
“They started getting in our heads a bit in the first half, so we just tried to play our soccer,” Walker said.
The teams met at the Galena tournament back in August with South Tahoe winning 2-1. STHS coach Chris Deleon is pleased with his team’s progress since then.
“People are still learning how to play with each other,” Deleon said. “We have a lot of guys who haven’t played as a team together, so they’re still learning each other’s style. Once we get it down, we’ll be a hard team to beat.”
Despite surrendering five goals to South Tahoe in two matches this season, Hollis hasn’t come away impressed by the Vikings’ attack.
“I thought they had more offensive power last year,” said the third-year Raiders’ coach, who indicated that he was missing three starters. “We weren’t playing to our full potential. Our midfield wasn’t playing together. We weren’t doing many throughballs, one-touches and communicating.”
South Tahoe finished with 35 shots. Keepers Brendan Rice and Josh Doherty combined on the shutout, making a collective seven saves.
South Tahoe (6-1) will open Sierra Division play at Hug next Wednesday.
In the junior varsity match, South Tahoe’s Giovanni Perez scored in the final minute to give the Vikings a 1-1 tie with Reed. The goal was assisted by Kyle Wallace.