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Big second half lifts Valencia

Posted: January 12, 2013 9:46 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2013 9:46 p.m.

One by one, Valencia boys soccer head coach Tony Scalercio peeled off nearly all layers of winter clothing.

In sub 40-degree weather with a chilly, biting wind at Valencia High School, Scalercio was trying to make a point.

Whatever it was, it worked. The Vikings turned a scoreless tie into a 2-0 victory with a strong second-half push against Golden Valley on Friday.

“I needed to do something because in the first half, I felt like Golden Valley was outplaying us,” Scalercio said of his halftime undressing, which left him in nothing more than shorts and a sweater.

Zach Klindworth scored both of Valencia’s goals, the first coming 11 minutes in the second half. That prompted Scalercio to put his coats back on.

An inspired effort by Valencia (10-4-1 overall, 2-0-0 Foothill League) helped turn a 5-2 shooting deficit into an 8-8 tie in overall shots.

The Grizzlies (5-7-2, 0-1-1) had most of their chances to score in the first half though, feeding the ball to Sebastian Martinez, Francisco Perez and Billy Torres up front.

Golden Valley had two corner kicks and several deep throw-ins early in the game, but simply couldn’t get it beyond Valencia’s backline.

“The 50/50 balls, we were not winning most of them in the first half and we weren’t going forward,” said Valencia midfielder Jake Ferry.

That all changed though when Klindworth received a through ball about 50 yards from goal, leaving him with a chance to beat one defender and finish the play from 23 yards out.

The ball trickled past Golden Valley’s Rakan Qumseya, who otherwise played a solid game.

Klindworth’s second goal came with 3:30 left in the game, and it wasn’t without controversy.

With the ball in the 18-yard box, a side referee appeared to call Valencia offside, but the main referee in the middle didn’t stop play.

Seconds later, Klindworth was able to knock the ball to the back of the net, which sent Golden Valley head coach Charles Martinez into a tirade toward the officials.

Martinez continued to argue after the game.

“We can blame the refs, we can blame whoever. We’ve got to score and we’ve got to keep balls out of our net,” Sebastian Martinez said.


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