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Vikings win portends good fortune

Strong performance has Vikings optimistic about season

Posted: December 10, 2009 10:24 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Valencia forward Adam Eisen, left, takes the ball past an Alemany defender on Thursday at Valencia High. Eisen scored two goals in the Vikings' 5-0 win.

Sometimes there is an impatient tendency to draw conclusions about a team early in the season.

So patience is the word with Valencia soccer — especially after the Vikings missed the postseason the last two seasons.

Yet the Vikings did show Thursday at Valencia High that they do have a strong front line as they defeated Alemany 5-0.

The hope is that front line can help carry them back into the postseason.

“It’s so early in the season. I don’t want to make predictions,” said Valencia head coach Tony Scalercio. “But it’s a good group of kids — very young team. But they’re formidable and improving quickly.”

The Vikings (1-1-1) tied their opener against Monroe 2-2 after trailing 2-0. They lost their next game 1-0 against Burroughs.

On Thursday, Valencia came out with aggression led by forward Adam Eisen.
Eisen scored twice in the game.

It could have been four times, but he pelted the crossbar twice.

“When we’re on our game, and when the midfielders are doing their job and giving us the ball, we can be extremely dangerous,” Eisen said.

Eisen scored the game’s first goal in the 24th minute, taking the ball right side and then booting it past Alemany’s goalkeeper from 20 yards out.

Jesus Fernandez scored nine minutes later when a Vikings throw in tumbled around and he kicked it in off a bounce.

The Vikings scored once more before halftime when Valencia’s Aubrey Gierard swung a pass to Fernandez, who then centered it to Josh Motto. Motto put the Vikings up 3-0.

Valencia took eight shots in the first half — five of which were on goal.

The Vikings were even more aggressive in the second half, taking 11 shots with six on goal.

Alemany (1-3), meanwhile, was unable to get its offense going.

The Warriors’ best chance came in the game’s 58th minute when senior Mike Mendoza took a shot from 30 yards out, but Valencia goalkeeper Kyle Cunningham reached up and knocked the ball over the crossbar.

Alemany was playing without five players for various reasons.

“It’s frustrating. We knew exactly what their players were going to do,” said Alemany head coach Mark Cipolla. “We got impatient and they’d score.”

Cipolla played as a youth for a club team coached by Scalercio, so he told his players Valencia would get numbers defensively then take advantage and try to score off a long ball.

That wasn’t the case with Valencia’s fourth goal as Eisen took the ball at midfield and dribbled down the left side.

He cut inside at the goalbox then scored from point-blank range in the game’s 61st minute.

Valencia finished the scoring in the game’s 67th minute when Renato Sanchez scored off a throw-in from Sebastian Bellot.



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