The Tippecanoe Valley Soccer Team loaded up the bus for the 40 minute trip to Peru to take on the Tigers, less than 24 hours after an emotional 6-2 win over arch-rival Rochester. It was another test for Valley as they were looking to secure a third place finish in the Three Rivers Conference with a victory.
The game started slowly as both teams had scoring opportunities, but neither side was able to cash in. Valley’s play for the first 20 minutes was a bit sluggish and not as crisp as it was the night before, however, the Vikings finally broke through a stubborn Peru defense when Brandon Montes opened the scoring with just 17 minutes left in the first half. That seemed to energize Valley. Eight minutes later, Osbaldo Sanchez scored his second goal of the season to widen the Valley lead to 2-0. Jon Ruiz assisted on the goal while continuing his excellent mid-field play. The first half ended 2-0 Valley, and the Vikings knew they were in for a fight.
The second half was all Vikings. They controlled the mid-field, dictated pace of play, and dominated possession. Caleb Petgen scored on a header taking a great cross from Christian Ramirez to extend the Valley lead to 3-0 with roughly 30 minutes to play. Freshman Jesus Baca scored his first goal of the season off a great pass by Arturo Dominguez with about 18 minutes to play. Finally, Ramirez completed the scoring when he took another spectacular through ball by Ruiz and beat the goalie. The game ended 5-0.
For Valley, it was another stellar performance by the backline of Jessica Brito, Jakob Jones, Jorge Rosas and Uvaldo Gutierrez. Gutierrez, played outside back tonight because Dominguez, who normally starts on the back line, was nursing a sore thigh and did not start the match. Ruiz and Sanchez along with Brian Ramirez and Baca kept Peru off balance in the mid-field. Over-all everyone stepped up and answered the challenge of playing a game on the heels of a huge win. The triumph moved Valley to 4-2 in the Conference and to 4-5-1 over-all.
Next up is a trip to Grace College, Thursday to take on Lakeland Christian with a special start time of 7 PM.