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Prep girls soccer: Valencia finally gets the better of Saugus

Valencia defeats defending champs

Posted: January 26, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 26, 2013 1:55 a.m.

Valencia's Natalie Hein (17) and Samantha Simon (6) celebrate after the Vikings' fourth goal against Saugus on Friday.


The Valencia Vikings girls soccer program has made it clear that it’s goal is to win the Foothill League.

And their biggest competition in that challenge looks to be second-place Canyon and third-place Hart, but there was still one other hump to get over — the Saugus Centurions.

Lindsay Bos put Valencia up with a beautiful strike from the right sideline in the 13th minute and the Vikings added three more goals in a 4-0 victory over Saugus at Valencia High School on Friday night.

“How does a champion lose their crown?” said Valencia head coach Sean O’Connell, referring to the three-time defending league champion Centurions (15-3-3 overall, 1-3-2 Foothill League). “Someone has to take it. Hart and Canyon loosened it. We have to go out and snatch it and they went out today and did just that.”

For the second game in a row against Saugus, the Vikings (11-1-5, 4-0-2) dominated possession. But unlike the 0-0 draw the two team’s battled to on Jan. 8, this one had plenty of fireworks, at least from one side of the field.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Saugus picked up the pace early in the second half looking for an equalizer.

But the Vikings held, before being gifted a goal on a mishit by Saugus goalkeeper Maddie Hebert.

Her kick deflected off the back of a Saugus defender and to the feet of Valencia’s Samantha Simon, who put the ball in the back of the net for a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute.

From there, it was all Vikings.

“We played really good soccer the first half,” said Saugus head coach Natalie Helgeson. “1-0, we were connecting and playing hard and they get the second goal — it felt like we couldn’t come back.”

The Vikings only added to the score from there, picking up their third goal on Simon’s second score of the game, a header off a well-placed corner by Bos in the 58th minute.

The final goal came off a 25-yard freekick from Bos.

“We wanted to come out and beat them,” Simon said. “We didn’t want to settle for a tie.”


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