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Vikings make most of their chances

Valencia finishers in top form in 5-0 win over Saugus

Posted: January 31, 2014 10:34 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2014 10:34 p.m.

Valencia's Samantha Simon dribbles the ball past Saugus' Therese Blackstock on Friday at Saugus High School on Friday.

 

To begin the Foothill League girls soccer season, the Valencia Vikings squeaked past the Saugus by a single goal in a thriller at Valencia High School on Jan. 14.

Things turned out to go a lot smoother for the Vikings the second time around.

Behind two goals from Vikings junior midfielder Bailey Reid, and clinical finishing all around, Valencia won 5-0 on Friday at Saugus High School to continue its top form and remain undefeated in league play.

“When you look at our record, you would expect us to be blowing everybody out, but that hasn’t been the case. So a game like this with a lot of offense and goals is something we’re excited about,” said Vikings head coach Sean O’Connell.

On Friday, Saugus (5-9-4 overall, 1-5 Foothill League) was the team that came out excited.

In contrast to Valencia’s ball control style of play, the Centurions played through ball after through ball in an attempt to get the ball on junior Avery Schulhofer’s feet.

But for all the times the Centurions had chances to set something up, a quality attempt never seemed to present itself.

The opposite was the case for the Vikings (16-1-2, 5-0-1).

Reid opened up the scoring in the 13th minute when she headed in a cross from teammate Rebecca Harrison, who had a huge game in her own right.

In addition to her early assist, Harrison also scored the Vikings’ second goal on a freekick early in the second half. Harrison’s second free kick of the day deflected off the crossbar and ended up in the back of the net after Vikings sophomore Makenna Young located the ball on the ground and finished off the job. Reid scored again three minutes later to give Valencia a 4-0 lead in the 55th minute, and Kristen Fowble scored in extra time to conclude the offense.

“We were playing a little nervous in the first half,” Harrison said. “But we settled in and kept getting more confident as the game went on. We talked at halftime about doing a better job connecting our opportunities, and that’s when we started to have fun.”

For Saugus, the same trends keep presenting themselves this season.

“It’s one of those things — our team has major breakdowns that directly lead to goals,” said Saugus head coach Natalie Helgeson. “We can’t give away those corners and free kicks, they’ve been our Achilles’ heel.”

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