2018-03-16 / Sports

Vikings sail by shorthanded RNE

By Tim Gochnaur


Spring Valley’s Jeyson Diaz lunges for a pass as Richland Northeast’s Selvin Recinos Jr. closes in. 
Photos by Mike Maddock Spring Valley’s Jeyson Diaz lunges for a pass as Richland Northeast’s Selvin Recinos Jr. closes in. Photos by Mike Maddock There is no mercy rule in soccer; you just play the game till the clock runs out.

When it ran out last Friday at Ben Stein Field, the scoreboard showed the Spring Valley Vikings blanked the Richland Northeast Cavaliers, 10-0 on a chilly night, March 9 on the Spring Valley campus.

The Cavaliers were playing without four starters and their head coach, Jay A’Hearn, and fell to 0-8 with the loss.

The Vikings, under veteran coach Dave Clark, ran their record to 7-0, with two big games on tap this week against Irmo and River Bluff.

Spring Valley peppered the net with 33 shots on goal in the game.

Richland Northeast’s starting keeper LaMarion Wilson was out with a broken wrist, so the Cavaliers rotated three keepers, two of which had never put on keeper gloves. Jose Vargas, Sebastian Amador, and Kelvin Hardy recorded seven saves overall, five by Hardy in the second half.


Spring Valley’s Cole Felschow breaks loose as Richland Northeast’s Alex Fernandez pursues. Spring Valley’s Cole Felschow breaks loose as Richland Northeast’s Alex Fernandez pursues. “I think at times we played well, and at times, our shape and our form was not what it needs to be,” said Clark of the Vikings. “There are moments of brilliance on the passing and the scoring. I think there was good intensity.”

Here is how the Vikings built a 7-0 halftime lead: Derlis Soto, in the fifth minute; Jeyson Diaz, in the 13th minute on a free kick from the Vikings’ sideline 25 yards out; Thomas McLean in the 20th minute; Henry Kohel in the 22nd minute; McLean again, in the 26th minute on an assist from Soto; Soto again, in the 28th minute on a header; and Joseph Harris, in the 33rd minute.

The Vikings found the net three times in the second half. Diaz struck twice, in the 46th and 47th minutes; and Cole Felschow nailed a penalty kick in the 75th minute.

Richland Northeast had five shots on goal for the game, all in the second half.

Spring Valley goal keeper Drew Johnson had a quiet first half, while Nate Holder came on duty in the second half and pulled in two saves.

“I think in the second half we were more composed in moving the ball around,” Clark said. “ We have got a lot of returners. We have a strong junior class, and we are playing very well as a unit, which is hard to do in a team sport like soccer when you have 10 pieces moving around at one time.

“ We are offensive minded, but we try to attack as a team, not just certain positions. We try to have three, four, or five guys going forward at a time. But defense wins championships, so we need to get better there, and I think we were very good there tonight.”

The good news for the Cavaliers was that, according to A’Hearn, junior captain Caleb Daniels missed the match because he was busy winning a national championship at the National Model United Nations Convention in New York City.

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