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Valencia soccer beats West Ranch

Posted: January 28, 2014 10:36 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2014 10:36 p.m.

There was no reason for the defending league champions to panic after a loss last week.

By sticking with the style its aggressive, yet defensive style, the young Valencia Vikings boys soccer team kept itself in the upper half of the Foothill League mix on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over West Ranch at West Ranch High School.

“We came in here with the same strategy we’ve had all year long,” said Valencia head coach Tony Scalercio. “We’ve been consistent, we’ve created chances.”

In Tuesday’s game, the Vikings (7-3-5 overall, 2-2-1 Foothill League) came out of the gate in full attack mode.

That paid off 22 minutes in when sophomore Luis Garcia Sosa stole the ball at midfield, settled it on the left side and delivered a perfectly timed cross to the eventual goal scorer, Nathan Peters.

It was 1-0 Valencia off the right foot of Peters.

“I didn’t really do anything,” Peters said of the score. “Luis ran to the ball really fast and put it right at my feet and I just tapped it in. All the credit to him.”

Once the lead belonged to Valencia, it shifted to defense mode to fend off a hard-fighting West Ranch (5-7-2, 2-2-1).

“Having a team like Valencia is a challenge because you never know what Tony is going to bring,” said West Ranch head coach Fausto Arana.

These two teams are now tied for second place in league behind Hart.

In the second half, the Wildcats possessed the ball well, took eight shots and generated five corner kicks.

Meanwhile, Valencia’s lead extended to 2-0 when Sean Romo beat two defenders on a one-on-one breakaway and tucked the ball into the left corner with 12 minutes left.

The Vikings’ backline was there to thwart most of West Ranch’s scoring chances outside of Max Ostlund’s late left-footed shot with about two minutes to play.

“I’m really proud of the way the guys played today,” Scalercio said. “I keep telling them, ‘All of us is better than any one of us.’”


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