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Vikes find no answer

Valencia soccer is surprised in the first round

Posted: February 20, 2009 1:32 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Valencia’s effort wavered in the first half and Arcadia got two goals from Ann Marie Tangorra in a 2-1 upset victory over the Vikings in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II soccer playoffs Thursday.

“Some games we come out ready to play and dominate,” said Valencia head coach Sean O’Connell. “Other games, we come out a little bit overconfident, a little bit lackadaisical, and this was one of those days. I think we took them lightly.”

Trailing 1-0 heading into the second half, Valencia picked up its effort and finally found the equalizer with 23 minutes remaining.
Tiffany Geer knocked a loose ball toward Alyson Drake, who turned and snuck a shot into the lower left-hand corner.

With four minutes left, however, the Vikings (15-7-3) turned the ball over in their own end and Tangorra led a three-on-one the other way. Choosing to keep it herself, Tangorra ripped a shot past Valencia keeper Christianne Cordero for the game-winner.

“The last three or four days, we’ve been working on a low-pressure style,” said Arcadia head coach Paul Miles. “We let them come to us, we intercept and then we counter.”

The Apaches jumped ahead in the first half by taking advantage of Valencia’s lackadaisical start.

Tangorra notched the game’s first goal 20 minutes in when she took possession of a misplayed ball in Valencia’s goal box and tucked it home from the left side.

“This was the best she played all year,” Miles said.  “I knew she had it in her. They didn’t seem to have an answer for her.”

Another Arcadia goal was nullified shortly after because of an offsides call, but the Apaches attacked Valencia from afar, something O’Connell wanted his team to do.

“We didn’t test their keeper enough,” he said.

Valencia racked up near-misses in the second half, including a shot that clanged off the crossbar with less than a minute remaining.

The Vikings graduate nine seniors and will return with a talented but young group next season.

“We accomplished two of our three goals this year,” O’Connell said. “We’ll have a new group, a younger group, and we’ll go right back to the mat next year.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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