It was two different halves when Valley took on Washington Township in the first round of the Winamac Tournament Saturday afternoon. The Senators took it to the Vikings for the first 40 minutes, dominating play and building a quick 3-0 lead. At halftime, it appeared the Vikings were finished for the day. However, that was not the case.
In an amazing turn around, the Vikings flipped the script on the Senators, by outworking and outhustling their opponent. Valley sliced the deficit to 3-1 on a Caleb Petgen goal with about 30 minutes to play. The sophomore is the team’s leading scorer and continues to have a nose for the ball. Five minutes later, Christian Ramirez scored cutting the Township lead to a goal. For the last 20 minutes, Valley played with urgency and tied it on a Branden Montes goal, however, the goal was disallowed on a controversial offsides call by the side official. The Vikings didn’t give up and created multiple other goal scoring opportunities, but couldn’t cash in. The game ended with Washington Township on top, 3-2.
That threw Valley into the consolation round against host Winamac. The Warriors had been defeated earlier in the day by North White. Valley not only lost a heartbreaking game to Washington Township, but also had to turn around and play Winamac after getting only a 15 minute break.
When Valley took the field, they seized control of the game immediately putting Winamac on their heels. A goal by Ramirez 8 minutes into the game got the Vikings rolling. Montes added Valley’s second goal of the game 4 minutes later to put Valley up 2-0. From that point on, Valley scored 3 more first half goals. Jorge Rosas found the net to widen the lead for the Vikings to 3-0. Rosas, played every minute of both games and played flawlessly in both. He was all over the field, defending as well as providing support to the front line.
The Vikings weren’t done yet as Jon Ruiz added 2 goals. In between the Ruiz goals, Winamac got on the board with a goal of their own. The halftime score stood at 5-1 Vikings. Valley continued their fine play in the second half. Kaitlin Neese played a beautiful ball into the upper left hand corner of the goal that extended the Viking lead to 6-1. Neese came in and did a great job providing fine offensive play, as well as defensive support.
Following the second Winamac goal, Ruiz completed his hat trick with his third goal of the game. That concluded the scoring as Valley played keep away for the final 15 minutes and won 7-2.
The team put together a great second half against Washington Township, and showed the kind of character and grit against Winamac in the consolation game that reflects what kind of team they have developed into. Every player on the squad played a huge role and contributed on the field. Arturo Dominguez, Jakob Jones, Uvaldo Gutierrez, Jessica Brito and Brian Ramirez all played major minutes and did a great job. Luis Castillo, back from an early season injury, played in brief spots and did fantastic. Keeper Alexis Hernandez, minded the goal very well for both games and continues his steady improvement.
Next up for Valley is a visit form Argos this Tuesday night at 5 PM. Come out and support the Vikings on senior night as they play their last home game of the season.