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CIF soccer: Vikings cool off

After strong end to regular season, Valencia exits in first round

Posted: February 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Valencia girls soccer team entered the postseason on a hot streak that saw them end the year with three wins and a tie.

But in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs, the Vikings couldn’t replicate that level of play as they fell 4-0 to Redlands on Friday afternoon at Redlands High.

The Vikings got off to a slow start, and fell behind in the eigth minute when a Redlands’ attacker stole the ball and scored on a one-versus-one run with Valencia goal keeper Nicole Joseph.

Ten minutes later, the deficit doubled for Valencia, when the Terriers scored on a counter attack to enter halftime up 2-0.

“We came out flat (in the first half) and really weren’t playing the same high tempo we’ve been playing toward the end of our league season,” Valencia head coach Sean O’Connell said. “But we still were capitalizing and having decent share of possession.”

The Vikings opportunities in the second half were plentiful, but they couldn’t convert opportunities in front of the net.

“We came out firing in the second half and we really jumped on them in the first 10, 11 minutes and had three or four really good looks right in front of goal,” O’Connell said. “We should have at least got one back or possibly two, which would have changed the momentum of the game.

Instead, the Terriers added a third goal 21 minutes into the half and a fourth with two minutes remaining.

And while the Vikings would have liked to ride their late season success to a playoff run, Valencia knows it accomplished a lot already.

“We were heading for a pretty disappointing season and the girls turned it around and finished high,” O’Connell said.


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