Fallon was looking for a little redemption on South Tahoe’s home turf, but the Vikings wouldn’t give in.
When these two soccer teams met in Fallon earlier this season, the Vikings came away with a 2-1 win. Thursday’s match was a close sequel, but unfortunately for Fallon with the same ending. South Tahoe inched ahead in the first half and held off the Greenwave in the second for a 3-1 Northern Division I-A win.
“We changed it up from the last time we played them and we used the outside of the field,” South Tahoe coach Ben Hannah said. “We stretched the field wide, and at the end we got great relief from our bench players.”
South Tahoe’s wide playing style resulted in two through balls for the Vikings.
Jesus Martinez picked off the first goal for South Tahoe off an assist from Austin Williams.
Williams then followed up with goal No. 2 from Derek Caro’s assist.
“For me the score did not reflect the game. I think we had about equal shots,” Fallon coach Nate Waite said. “We had a lot of pressure, unfortunately, they had those two through balls. When those leak through that’s always going to put the keeper in a bad situation.”
South Tahoe expanded its 2-0 lead with a third goal in the final 10 minutes. The Vikings used a four-man assault for the final goal.
Caro took a hard shot on goal, but it ricocheted off the keeper’s hands. Martinez followed up from the other side, but again Fallon’s goalkeeper Brandon Holler shut it down. Finally, Caro sent a resounding shot that found the corner pocket to make it 3-0 Vikings.
Fallon kept persisting, however, and found net before the final whistle.
Fidel Enriquez blasted a free kick toward the goal and Tristen Parrot followed it into net after the ball was deflected.
“We run, run, run, run, but it’s a game of inches, and if we could have had another inch here, another inch there, in a lot of situations it wouldn’t have been a two-goal game,” Waite said. “But I’m happy with the energy the guys played with and it was a good match.”
Lady Wave tie South Tahoe
In a battle of the Northern Division I-A’s top two clubs, Fallon notced a 1-1 tie against South Tahoe on Thursday at the Edward Arciniega Complex.
Fallon senior Maddie Alegre scored off an assist from Rachael Harrell.
The Lady Wave improves to 8-1-2 with 26 points, tied for first place with South Tahoe (8-0-2, 26).