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Foothill League boys soccer: This round goes to the Vikes

Valencia uses two PKs to best league-leading Canyon

Posted: February 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

About the only thing Tuesday’s boys soccer matchup between Valencia and Canyon lacked was friendliness.

Naturally, the two rivals played physically — at times emotionally — and the teams combined for six yellow cards and a red card.

There were set pieces, penalty kicks and lead changes, too.

In the end, Valencia took advantage of a pair of PKs in a 2-1 win at Valencia High School, giving the Foothill League standings a significant shakeup in the process.

“This was our season. Canyon never beats us here,” said Valencia goalkeeper Gino Ferraro. “We just had to win this one.”

And despite the fact that the Cowboys, who came into the day tied for the league lead, outshot the Vikings 13-3, Valencia (9-4-2, 4-2-1) did just that.

“My philosophy for my team from the beginning of the season is, the team that wins the game is the best team,” Scalercio said

With three games to go in Foothill play, Valencia is now tied with Canyon (7-6-2, 4-2-1) in the standings.

“We lost three points this week that we had to have,” said Canyon head coach Khris Savage said.

Valencia received four yellow cards in the game, and Canyon was called for two yellows and a red, but the Cowboys committed two of the game’s biggest fouls which eventually resulted in Valencia’s winning goals.

The first came with just over three minutes left in the first half when Vikings, trailing 1-0, got the ball to forward Marc Silingardi in the 18-yard box, where he was then kicked intentionally by a Canyon player.

Brett Schreiber converted the PK into the right side to tie it 1-1 at halftime.

Four minutes into the second half, Silingardi again had the ball on a breakaway, but he was knocked down from behind before he could take a shot.

This time, it was Garrett McPheeters who knocked in the PK attempt, which bounced off Canyon goalkeeper Robert Nudya and into the goal.

“We definitely committed the crime and got called for it,” Savage said of the penalties. “We just couldn’t find the back of the net two times to equalize it.”

Schreiber and McPheeters, along with teammates Jake Veiga and Josh Singer, turned in excellent performances on the backline in a second half filled with Canyon’s offensive attacking.

Canyon used quick passing the speed of its forwards to keep the pressure on its counterparts.

Midfielder Zach Jens routinely controlled the ball down the left side and tried to find forward A.J. Rochow in the box.

But time and time again, Ferraro made the stop for the Vikings, finishing with 10 saves on the day.

“I was shaking. I was nervous,” Ferraro said. “I was messing up my kicks because I was so nervous.”

The only breakdown for the Vikings came in the 32nd minute of the first half when Rochow took a well-placed throw-in to the left side of the box, and then angled the ball into the net for a brief 1-0 lead.

It wasn’t the last of the Cowboys’ chances, but it ended up being the last of their scoring.

“They managed the game well today,” Scalercio said. “We managed the time, we were organized defensively, we were organized offensively.”

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