2017-03-17 / Sports

Vikings blank Cavs

By Tim Gochnaur

Spring Valley’s Jacob Ayala battles with Richland Northeast’s Larry Hayes to advance down the field.Photo by Perry McLeod Spring Valley’s Jacob Ayala battles with Richland Northeast’s Larry Hayes to advance down the field.
Photo by Perry McLeod
The Spring Valley Vikings out-kicked the Richland Northeast Cavaliers 4-nil in a cross-district boys soccer match on the pitch at Ben Stern Field on a chilly Friday night, March 10.

Spring Valley got two scores in the first half, the first on a penalty kick from senior midfielder Todd Thomas in the contest’s seventh minute. The second goal came just off the right wing from freshman midfielder Jacob Ayala in the 31st minute.

The timing of the second half goals bears out that observation. Viking senior forward Albert Huang bounced in a short goal off an assist from senior midfielder Freddy Mayorgh in the 72nd minute.

Ryan Rescigno, a junior midfielder, closed out the Vikings’ scoring with a goal in the 77th minute.

Spring Valley (4-3 overall) head coach Dave Clark said his team will always take the win, but he wasn’t satisfied.


Spring Valley’s Todd Thomas dribbles past Richland Northeast’s Alejandro Rodriguez. 
Photo by Perry McLeod Spring Valley’s Todd Thomas dribbles past Richland Northeast’s Alejandro Rodriguez. Photo by Perry McLeod “I don’t think we moved the ball around the field like we are capable of doing,” the Vikings veteran skipper said. “I think if we move the ball around we are a little bit more dangerous.”

Richland Northeast (0-7 overall) is struggling early in the 2017-18 campaign, but coach Jay A’ Hern says that now the Cavs have all hands on deck, things are getting better.

“We have had some injuries and issues we had to work with,” A’ Hern said. “I think we are a lot better than we were three or four weeks ago. Spring Valley obviously has a very good team, and it is always a test for us to see if we can play with them.”

Spring Valley tallied 33 shots in the contest. Vikings’ goalie Michael Spicer pulled in three saves. The Cavaliers fired five times on Spring Valley. Richland Northeast sophomore keeper Isaiah Philip pulled in 11 saves.

Spring Valley (5A) and Richland Northeast (4A) both begin region play this week.

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