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Vikings keep their grip

Valencia soccer remains tied for Foothill League lead

Posted: February 3, 2009 10:04 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia maintained its spot atop the crowded girls soccer Foothill League standings with a 3-2 victory against Hart Tuesday.

Tiffany Geer, Kelly Deckers and Alyssa Triana all scored for the Vikings (13-6-2, 5-1-1).

"For us the big thing was keeping our energy up out there," Deckers said. "Our defense really got us going."

Both teams looked solid on defense in the first half as the clubs played to a 1-1 tie.

Geer gave the Vikings the lead with a header in the 14th minute.

Hart's Jenna Rubin answered less than five minutes later with a powerful drive from 30 yards out.

"The one thing we talked about was starting strong," said Hart head coach Mike Gomez. "We let them get that early goal, but we were hanging in there, and evened it up pretty quickly."

The offenses picked up early after the intermission as Valencia notched both its second half goals in the first 15 minutes of the final frame, before Kelsey Steck cut the Viking lead to one on a long- distance shot.

"Sometimes you got to win ugly," said Valencia head coach Sean O'Connell. "We came out a little flat, but by the second half we really started playing better. I'm pleased our team stuck with it."

Valencia had to stick with it through what appeared to be a game-tying goal with 12 minutes remaining, but the referees quickly overturned Allison Carivau's shot because she ran into Valencia goalkeeper Christianne Cordero.

The shot turned out to be Hart's last good chance to score.

"Alex had to adjust her shot because of the way the ball was played," Gomez said. "I think it could have been ruled a goal, but we just didn't get the call. That's how it goes sometimes."

Hart (12-7-2, 3-3-1) visits Canyon on Friday.

Valencia, Saugus and Canyon are all tied for the top spot in the Foothill League.

Valencia will continue its quest for a Foothill League crown at West Ranch.

"We were able to step it up tonight," said Valencia defender Kylie Trammell. "If we want to win it all, though, we have to play like we played in the second half for the entire game. We've got to keep putting our heart into the game."


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