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Prep soccer: Vikes in total control

Valencia limits Viewpoint to zero shot attempts in a shutout victory

Posted: December 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Controlling the match throughout, Valencia girls soccer beat Viewpoint of Calabasas 3-0 Wednesday at Valencia High School.

The Vikings relied on a complete team effort to secure the victory.

Aggressiveness on offense turned into 27 shot attempts, while discipline on defense limited the Patriots to zero shots and no serious scoring opportunities.

“We wanted to continue the roll we’ve been on lately,” said Valencia head coach Sean O’Connell. “We’ve played some really tough teams. I told the girls Viewpoint is fundamentally sound, and we don’t want a letdown.”

Valencia (7-1-2) played hard from the start, which prompted 10 first-half shot attempts.

The Vikings got on the board in the 31st minute off the foot of Rebecca Harrison.  

Following an initial cross by Bailey Reid from the left sideline, Viewpoint goalkeeper Meg de’Recat deflected the ball right to Harrison in the middle of the box.

From there, the Valencia junior forward finished the job as Harrison blasted the ball into the back of the net.

“With the talent, technical ability and leadership we have here, our goal is to go after teams,” O’Connell said. “Our girls are motivated and we’re doing a good job playing our style.”

Valencia looked determined to extend its lead in the second half and put Viewpoint (0-2) away.

In the 45th minute, forward Taylor Venegas received a pass from Samantha Simon in the middle of the box.

Venegas turned toward the goal and beat the keeper with a shot to the bottom left corner of the net to put the Vikings in front 2-0.

Valencia added the finishing touches in the 70th minute off a corner kick after a shot by Reid was blocked out of play.

On the corner, a header by Eryn Spencer was blocked, but as the goalie attempted to clear the ball from danger, the kick was deflected by Reid and ricocheted into the net to make the score 3-0.

Led by Spencer, Brooklyn Stevens and Lindsey Bos, Valencia’s midfield dominated possession and consistently used strong passing to put their teammates into scoring positions.

“The triangle is our nucleus and how we run our system. They are all super talented and aggressive midfielders and they love playing together,” O’Connell said.

With the victory, Valencia has won five of its last six matches, and will be in action again on Jan. 2 at home against Granada Hills.

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