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Prep girls soccer: Save and a PK boost Vikings

Valencia wins after 100 minutes of scoreless soccer

Posted: February 19, 2013 10:08 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2013 10:08 p.m.

After playing 100 minutes of scoreless soccer and four even rounds of penalty kicks, the Valencia Vikings girls soccer team needed a save and a goal to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division II quarterfinals.

And in the fifth round of penalty kicks at Claremont High School on Tuesday, Valencia goalkeeper Nicole Joseph made a save and Taylor Venegas put home the final goal for a 0-0 (5-4 in penalty kicks) victory over the Claremont Wolfpack (22-4-2).

The win makes the Vikings (17-2-5) the last remaining Foothill League team alive in the postseason.

“Talking with Nicole, I told her, ‘These are designed for shooters. All I need you to do is save one. Our girls are going to come through for you,’” said Valencia head coach Sean O’Connell.

The game was evenly matched, with both teams featuring a talented roster skilled at playing an aggressive, possession game.

The rainy weather made things difficult, leaving a slick field for both teams.

“The midfield was even, their strikers were good. It was an evenly matched game,” O’Connell said. “We got the rub of the green there and Nicole came up huge. After 100 minutes, to have it come down to one PK save and one PK make, it shows it was a toss-up game.”

Now, Valencia advances to the quarterfinals, where it will host No. 1 overall seed Sunny Hills, which finished as last season’s Division II runner-up.

“You get the No. 1 seed and you get them at home,” O’Connell said. “I’d rather play them now at V-house than have to wait to see them at the final at Warren High School in Downey. It’s going to be just like this game. They’re a talented squad.”


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