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Prep girls soccer: Vikings hold strong again

Valencia wins big, moves to top spot in league

Posted: January 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

When his team tied with the Hart Indians on Friday, Valencia Vikings girls soccer head coach Sean O’Connell said everyone would have to wait and see who blinked first.

It wasn’t going to be the Vikings.

Shortly after Valencia took care of business against the West Ranch Wildcats, 5-0, at West Ranch High School on Tuesday, the Vikings found out that across town, the Canyon Cowboys had defeated Hart 1-0 to propel Valencia into first place by a half-game.

“It’s been our theme the whole time,” O’Connell said. “We can’t overlook anybody.”

That theme continued on Tuesday.

Bailey Reid sent a short kick from the right corner flying over the head of West Ranch goalkeeper Logan Byam-Ayers in the seventh minute to put Valencia (10-1-5 overall, 3-0-2 Foothill League) ahead 1-0.

Less than two minutes later, it was Taylor Venegas doubling the lead off an assist from Carolina Velez.

Down two goals, the Wildcats (4-6-4, 0-3-2) responded with a high-energy attack, creating numerous chances but never able to break through.

“Right from the whistle, you can’t wait five minutes against a team like Valencia. I was happy with the effort after 2-0, but to give away two goals can’t happen,” said West Ranch head coach Jared White.

Valencia appeared to settle a bit after taking the lead, enabling West Ranch to stay in the game into the second half. That changed in the 57th minute when Reid scored her second goal of the game on a ball that was batted around in the box before Reid kicked it out of the air and into the back of the net.

“The first half we were just going through the motions,” O’Connell said. “They weren’t giving it that championship performance. When you’re up 2-0, that’s a terrible scoreline. One goal changes the momentum immediately.”

But on Tuesday, there was no such shift.

The Vikings added another score on a goal by Rebecca Harrison before Kristen Uy capped off the scoring with less than two minutes to play.

Now Valencia sits alone in first place with five games remaining.

“We said (to our team), ‘Is there anybody that’s outplayed us? No,’” O’Connell said. “Then 5-0 is the goal.”

 

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