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Valencia's Lindsay Bos: One last loose end to tie

Valencia senior Lindsay Bos hopes this will finally be the year she can win in a league title

Posted: January 22, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 22, 2013 1:55 a.m.

Valencia senior defender Lindsay Bos would love nothing more than to lead her team to its first Foothill League title in four years.

 

The last time Valencia girls soccer won a Foothill League title, senior Lindsay Bos could only watch.

Her sister Kristin was a sophomore and the team’s leading scorer; Lindsay was a Rio Norte Junior High student waiting for her shot.

Four years later, though, Bos is still trying to get the Vikings back to the top of the Foothill League.

Her competitiveness and talent have enabled her to start on the backline for Valencia since her freshman year. And her versatility has enabled Valencia head coach Sean O’Connell to use her in a variety of spots.

“If you watch Lindsay warm up you would think she didn’t care. It’s almost like she conserves energy. But once the whistle blows, she’s a fierce competitor,” O’Connell says. “If I give her a rest, she says she doesn’t need it. If she’s sick and I say I’m going to play someone else in a preseason game, she says, ‘absolutely not.’ Not in a disrespectful way but in a, ‘I’m not sitting down unless I have a bone sticking out, and even then if I can tape it up I want to play.’”

Over the last three seasons, the Vikings have had quality teams, but have nonetheless come up short each time.

“I didn’t (expect it to take this long to win league again) because I did believe that in my (first three) years we had a couple strong teams, playing with my sister and a lot of players that were around,” Bos says. “But things sometimes work out the way they do.”

This year, she’s hoping for a different result.

After having stretches of brilliance over the past three years, including a dominant end to the regular season last year which saw the Vikings draw with Saugus and end Hart’s title hopes, the Vikings entered the 2013 league season with a target on their backs.

“We’ve definitely had some close calls (the last three years). It’s always a heartbreaker and you play really well and things don’t go your way,” Bos says. “But that’s the nature of sports. I think we’ve had talented players come through over the last years, but this year our team has really good chemistry and rhythm with each other that can help us win a title.”

And for this Vikings team, and Bos, a title is the ultimate goal.

During the preseason, Valencia defeated CIF-Los Angeles City Section champion El Camino Real, 3-0, and drew with CIF-Southern Section Division I contender Flintridge Sacred Heart.

Valencia has allowed just 11 goals on the season, scoring 29 and building themselves up as a Foothill League title contender.

“Over the last couple years, we’ve lost a good deal of seniors. We’ve always been in that rebuilding process. But last year to this year, we only lost four or five, we had a large core of our team and everyone was anticipating we’re not going to be rebuilding. We’ll hopefully go from where we left off last season.”

Bos was a big part of last year’s team, and this year has tallied one goal and a team-high five
assists.

But it’s her ability to get other players involved and her skills throughout the field. She has an ability to play multiple positions, and that’s helped the Vikings to a 9-1-5 start, including a 2-0-2 record in league play.

“She’s been a really versatile player for me for all four years,” O’Connell says. “She just wants to get out there and play. She’s a real fierce competitor. The kind that are (angry) when you lose and, ‘Great, let’s get on to the next one when we win.’”

Win or lose this season, though, the excitement won’t be over just yet for Bos.

She has played soccer since the age of 5, playing for multiple club teams over the years before finding herself at Valencia.

Soccer being over after graduation wasn’t something she could handle, so she decided to look into playing at the next level.

About two months ago, she made the decision to attend NCAA Division III Wesleyan University near Boston, where she will continue her soccer career.

“Because soccer has been such a constant in my life, the thought of ending in high school is a bit sad,” Bos says. “And the idea of being able to play the next four years is definitely exciting.”

But before she moves on, there’s business to be taken care of at Valencia High School, and Bos is determined to make the most of the opportunity this season presents.

The Vikings sit just a half-game behind Hart for first place in the Foothill League, with the two teams scheduled to play on Feb. 5 at Hart.

There will be other challenges along the way, but a win in that match could mean the elusive league title Bos has been chasing her entire high school career.

“I wouldn’t call it a chip on my shoulder,” she says. “But it’s definitely a thing that would give me something to look back on. It’s my senior year, I’m a captain, and finally being able to bring that title home would put this year over the top.”

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