Following a crushing 9-1 at the hands of Logansport, Valley had to regroup quickly and take on Mishawaka in the second game of the Blueberry Tournament. The Vikings didn’t disappoint. The Vikings and Cavemen went back and forth for 80 minutes, and played to a 2-2 draw.
Mishawaka drew first blood, with a great goal that was just out of reach from keeper Alexis Hernandez. Hernandez played very well keeping the Vikings in the game until they finally got their offense untracked.
Christian Ramirez put in a penalty kick for the Vikings late in the first half to knot the game at 1-1. It stayed tied, until Mishawaka put in the go ahead goal at the 25 minute mark of the second half.
Once Mishawaka took the lead, Valley played their best soccer of the season. They kept the Cavemen on their heels for the next 20 minutes and finally got the tying goal on a beautiful header from Caleb Petgen with about four minutes left. Petgen’s header came off a great corner kick from Osbaldo Sanchez, who put the ball up near the back post, which the keeper was unable to make a play on. The game also featured great defensive play by Arturo Dominguez, Jakob Jones and Jessica Brito. Brito took the place of Jorge Rosas. Rosas, the senior leader of the Vikings, took a shot in the thigh during the first game against Logansport and had to sit out for the first 60 minutes of the second game. During the last few minutes of action both teams had decent looks at the goal, but were unable to convert. John Ruiz, Tyler Jones, Petgen and Ramirez all put offensive pressure on Mishawaka during that crucial period of play.
For the young Vikings, it was a positive step in the right direction as they now prepare to enter conference play for the next three and a half weeks.