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Vikes bring it early and often

Vikings score four goals in first 20 minutes in Foothill League opener

Posted: January 13, 2009 10:28 p.m.
Updated: January 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia striker Kristen Bos breaks away from Centurion Jamie Molacek in first half action at Saugus High. Bos scored her 12th goal of the season to go along with two assists in the Vikings' win.

The Valencia girls soccer team opened Foothill League play with an emphatic statement Tuesday, storming into Saugus and scoring four goals before the first half was even 20 minutes old.

The Vikings ended up with a 4-2 victory.

Sophomore Kristen Bos opened the scoring with a header in the eighth minute, and she was quickly followed by Alyssa Morse, Tiffany Geer and Kelly Deckers in the goal column.

Bos' goal was her 12th of the season, and she also tallied two assists during the Vikings' explosive first half.

"The first 18 minutes of the game was the best soccer we've played all season," said Valencia head coach Sean O'Connell. "We had great crosses and great finishes. Everybody participated, and our defense was great too."

The Viking defense was lead by goalkeeper Christiane Cordero's 15 saves and inspired play from junior captain Alyssa Triana, who also tallied an assist.

"It felt pretty good to be out there and playing the way we played," Triana said. "The key for us to win this game was to stay focused and motivated, and we definitely did that."

After taking a 4-0 lead into halftime, the Vikings (9-5-1, 1-0) needed to keep their focus and motivation in a physical second half that saw the Centurions score on a free kick and penalty kick from Jamie Molacek.

Still, Saugus (8-2-3, 0-1) could not get over the hump, failing to score in the final 19 minutes.

"Our goal was just to come out here and get points," O'Connell said. "When you're on the road, even a tie helps in league play, but for us to get a win in the opener is huge for us. I couldn't be more pleased with how our team played."

Valencia scored all four of its goals in an 11 minute span, leaving the home team with an uphill battle that proved to be too much, even though the Centurions controlled possession for most of the second half.

"We always teach our players about maintaining the backbone of a team," O'Connell said. "We want to come out and be as dominant as possible, and we were able to do that today."

Maintaining dominance won't be an easy task for the Vikings. They are slated to take on Hart High on Friday for their league home opener.

"I'm just really excited for the rest of league play," Triana said. "We've been working really hard, and I think that's really starting to show with the way we're playing."


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