Finally. After two weeks of frustration, The Valley Soccer team picked up a much needed victory at Maconaquah tonight 2-1. Ironically, Valley defeated the Braves on the turf last October to win their first sectional game in their young history. Tonight, Valley made a return trip to Maconaquah 11 months later to pick up their first victory of this season.
Valley controlled the bulk of the first half. Osbaldo Sanchez took a nice pass from Jon Ruiz and found the goal at the 20 minute mark to put the Vikings up 1-0. Again, as in other earlier games this season, Valley created multiple scoring opportunities, but couldn’t convert. That allowed the Braves to stay close as the teams went into intermission with the Vikings up 1-0.
Maconaquah got the equalizer with 25 minutes left to play on a penalty kick they converted. The ball took a BAD hop in the box, and struck Viking Gerardo Fernandez in the arm. However, instead of getting down, Valley again appeared to take control and finally went ahead on a goal by Caleb Petgen with about 17 minutes left. Petgen, played a ball that was delivered into the box by centerback, Arturo Dominguez. Seth Sparks, the Braves keeper, mishandled the ball. Viking Brandon Montes deflected the ball to Petgen, who managed to push the ball past Sparks for the game winner.
At that point, Valley survived a couple of close calls, but shutdown the Braves to preserve the 2-1 win. Dominquez, Jorge Rosas, Jakob Jones, and Jessica Brito provided excellent defense, helping out keeper Alexis Hernandez. Ruiz spearheaded an offense that created plenty of chances to score. Montes, Petgen, Christian Ramirez and Tyler Jones all had great looks at the goal. As Valley gets deeper into the season, the just misses will become goals for the Vikings.
Next up for Valley is a trip to North Miami Tuesday.