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Valencia, G.V. soccer trade blows

Posted: January 17, 2014 10:09 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2014 10:09 p.m.

Valencia's Gerardo Gonzalez head butts the ball against Golden Valley's Billy Torres Argueta during Friday's game at Golden Valley High School.

 

With both teams entering Friday afternoon’s match at Golden Valley high school in search of their first Foothill League victory, the Valencia Vikings and Golden Valley Grizzlies boys soccer teams played urgently, aggressively and passionately — and there were plenty of goals scored and yellow cards issued to reflect it.

But despite their efforts, neither squad got what it came for, with the game ending in a 3-3 draw instead.

“That’s three times you have the game and three times you give it back,” said Golden Valley head coach Juan Paolo. “Disappointing, but we are playing right there with the defending league champs. This is new territory for us.”

Such showed for the Grizzlies, who never trailed but surrendered the lead multiple times on Friday.

Golden Valley (6-6-4 overall, 0-0-2 in the Foothill League) got the first score of the game, when at the 23 minute mark a throw-in by Grizzlies defender Michael Richardson entered an ambiguous group of black and white jerseys and ended up in the back of the net upon a deflection by teammate Levon Ekmekchyan.

Valencia (7-8-3, 0-1-1) retaliated in the 42nd minute, when a turnover in the Golden Valley midfield turned into a quick counterattack goal courtesy of Vikings junior Sean Romo. Romo came up big again later, as his second goal of the game on a rebounded penalty kick opportunity tied the game at 2-2 in the 58th minute following a dazzling goal from Grizzlies midfielder Francisco Perez ten minutes prior.

“As far as the tie goes — avoiding the loss was huge,” Romo said. “Today we showed we had fight, and that we’re not afraid to battle teams.”

Rounding out the scoring for the day were Grizzlies junior Christian Gonzalez and Vikings sophomore Luis Garcia Sosa, who scored their goals two minutes apart in the 60th and 62nd minutes.

Through two Foothill contests, Valencia head coach Tony Scalercio has seen opposing teams bring everything they have to beat the defending champion Vikings.

“Every team in this league is very good,” Scalercio said. “We are handling their efforts with a young team, but we are learning and growing. Really pleased with their efforts.”

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