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Valencia gets on Foothill board

Vikings boys soccer win first league game at expense of winless Hart

Posted: January 16, 2009 10:50 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart boys soccer is still looking for that final touch that leads to both goals and victories.

Valencia found that touch Friday – at Hart’s expense.

Adam Eisen and Brooks Walsh each scored goals for the Vikings, who locked down on defense to earn a 2-1 win over the Indians Friday afternoon at Hart High School.

Valencia came out sharper in the second half and dominated the run of play, which pleased head coach Tony Scalercio.

“In the second half, the details made the difference,” Scalercio said. “The reason we came out on top is because in the second half we did play much more aggressively.”

The Vikings (5-2-5, 1-0-1) staked themselves a lead midway through the first half when Walsh played a ball in for Eric Shannon, who was held in the box and drew a penalty kick. Walsh buried the shot in the lower left-hand corner to put Valencia ahead.

The Vikings doubled their lead with 15 minutes to play when Eisen brought down a bouncing ball in the box and ripped a shot past Hart keeper Garrett Harney.

Without Harney, however, Hart (2-8-3, 0-2) may have been in even deeper trouble. Harney made several impressive plays in the second half in the air.

But the Indians couldn’t produce that final touch and notch a goal until there were 12 minutes remaining. Armand Simian took a shot that deflected in front of the net, and Fernando Guerrero cleaned it up to put Hart on the board.

Hart head coach Fausto Arana said it’s going to take more of that for his team to get in the win column.

“We have people that can do the build-up, but we just lack finishers,” he said. “The boys know we have to play better. It’s just a matter of time to see if it’s going to happen.”

After the goal, Valencia’s intensity picked back up and Hart never really threatened again.

“We just wanted to win even harder than they did,” Eisen said. “We left it all on the field.”

The victory is Valencia’s first in the Foothill League this season after the Vikings and Saugus played to a scoreless tie Tuesday. Hart falls to 0-2 after losing to Golden Valley earlier in the week.

“It’s great to get our first league win,” Walsh said. “Hopefully we can take the tie with Saugus and this win and move toward the top of the league.”


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