Vikings Wallop Wooster
That’s about the only word that came to mind Tuesday as the South Tahoe Vikings beat the Wooster Colts 9-0 in a Nevada 4A girls soccer match at South Tahoe Middle School.
Clearly controlling possession from the opening whistle, it only took five minutes for the Vikings to get things going when Alyssa Riley blasted a laser of a shot by the Wooster keeper.
Seconds after the ensuing restart, the Vikings were on the move again. Midfielder Melissa Stetson stole the ball from a Colt defender and skillfully weaved her way down field. With only one defender left in her path, Stetson recognized winger Megan Johnson had made a run on the right side and dropped a world-class assist to her. Without hesitation, Johnson fired on goal and scored.
“That was just a textbook midfield job right there,” Viking coach Julia Russell said of Stetson’s assist. “To be unselfish enough to lay it off for another player to get the goal is exactly what a center midfielder should do.”
The offensive surge continued in the ninth minute when Lisa Anton got on the board with a great breakaway. And in the 17th minute, trying to outdo her previous effort, she stepped around a Colt defender with a beautiful move and buried a shot from 20 yards out.
“I was looking for the far top corner,” Anton said of her goal. “I was just trying to keep composed and get a good shot off.”
After goals by Lindsay Hitt at 28:51 and Megan Hall at 37:00, the Vikings took a huge 6-0 lead into the half.
With solid possession and great combination plays, the second half was much like the first.
Junior midfielder Courtney Carrell continued the barrage on an athletic breakaway that saw her go one-on-one with the Wooster keeper and slip it in the corner at the last second.
Jessi Siefert and Lauren Bachelder rounded out the offensive explosion, notching late goals to solidify the Vikings’ victory.
“The girls were great today,” Russell said. “They kept their composure and played their game with good possession with good touches.”
Even though the score was very one-sided, Wooster’s keeper played a great game in goal as she was constantly peppered with shots.
“She really had some good saves,” Russell added.
While the Colts may not have been much of a test for the Vikings, Russell did not want to discount the importance of the match.
“We’re focused towards further on in the season with Douglas, Carson and Reno, which are going to very tough teams for us to beat, so every game is important,” she said. “Every time we have the ball, we need to be thinking we are competing against the toughest team in the league, and I think the girls did that.”
The Vikings look to continue their home success this Saturday when they face North Valleys.
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