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Boys soccer: Santa Maria sinks Vikes

Valencia boys soccer bows out in the first round

Posted: February 18, 2010 10:28 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2010 4:55 a.m.
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Valencia boys soccer made what some might consider a surprising run at the Foothill League title in 2010.

There would be no such run in the postseason.

The Vikings lost 1-0 to Santa Maria High in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs on Thursday at Santa Maria High.

“We held them off as long as we could,” said Valencia head coach Tony Scalercio. “That was just a good team.”

Santa Maria (17-6-2) scored the deciding goal about eight minutes into the second half.

The Vikings (11-6-1) had their chances early.

Valencia senior forward Adam Eisen was one-on-one with Santa Maria goalkeeper Josue Cardozo just five minutes into the game, but his shot was turned away.

Later in the half, Valencia’s Renato Sanchez couldn’t manage a good shot off a corner kick.

Then injuries took their toll in the second half.

First it was center-midfielder Ben Beilin, who battled a foot injury throughout.

He was removed in the second half and the Saints took advantage when Ulises Alvarez scored off an assist from Nestor Alvarez.

“We just had a difficult time keeping up when (Beilin) wasn’t there,” Scalercio said.

Sanchez then went down with what Scalercio said might be a broken arm.

The Foothill League’s second-place team had other offensive opportunities, but couldn’t cash in.

The Vikings lose two four-year varsity players to graduation in goalkeeper Alex McIntyre and forward Jason Kent.

Yet Valencia had only four seniors on the 2009-10 team.

Scalercio said things are looking up for a program that didn’t make the postseason in 2009.

“I am encouraged,” he said. “We only had four seniors on the team. Next year I expect us to do even better than this year.”

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