Vikings stay on the attack, blank Fallon
Fallon High coach Nate Waite didn’t give goalkeeper Eduardo Sanchez just any game to show if he belonged on the varsity level.
Sanchez’s first varsity soccer start just so happened to come against three-time defending Sierra Division champion South Tahoe in the Vikings’ home opener on Wednesday at South Tahoe Middle School.
Although Sanchez surrendered four goals to the Vikings in a 4-0 nonleague boys’ soccer defeat, Waite was encouraged by his new goalie’s performance.
“I’ve wanted to test him and it was good test for him,” Waite said. “He was above average for a rookie.”
Milton Montoya scored once and assisted on two other goals as the No. 1-ranked Vikings raised their overall record to 7-0, including 2-0 outside tournament play. STHS moved from third to first in the latest Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll.
“Milton and Ernesto (Mosqueda) got the pace of the game going with our two center mids Rafael (Aguirre) and (Jamie) Estrada,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon. “I was very pleased with our passing and our after-the-ball runs.”
Twelve minutes in, South Tahoe took a 1-0 lead when Ian Chandler deposited a cross from Montoya into goal.
The score remained 1-0 until Aguirre scored unassisted on a mini-scissors kick in the 55th minute.
South Tahoe, which was a regional semifinalist last year and the 2003 state champion, put away the Greenwave with two goals in a four-minute stretch. Montoya scored unassisted from just outside the penalty box with a precise shot to the upper left-hand corner in the 75th minute for a 3-0 edge. The final goal came after Estrada one-timed a cross from Montoya into the back of the net.
“They were pretty fast, but we were passing the ball good,” Montoya said. “But once the goals started coming, that gave up some momentum.”
Alfredo Soloreo made several nice saves in the final 20 minutes to record his second shutout in a week.
Sophomore midfielder Abel Johnson created several late chances for the Greenwave. His best creation was when he made a slick feed to junior forward Scott Wardwell at the top of the box, but Wardwell’s shot slipped outside the left post.
“We’ve been working with him on creating for himself and for other people. He has a great work ethic and he’ll go a long way,” Waite said.
The Greenwave kept the pressure on, but the elusive goal never came.
“They are very physical … they’re up there with Douglas and Carson in (that respect),” DeLeon said. “They don’t have the cohesion and skill, but other than that they have a lot of heart. They were going for everything.”
STHS will play host to Damonte at 3 p.m. Saturday at STMS.