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January 11, 2011 > Irvington JV girls soccer playing strong

Irvington JV girls soccer playing strong

Submitted by Paul Dunn
Photo courtesy of Ed Ohye

After winning its opening game 4-2 against James Logan in December, the Irvington High Lady Vikings JV soccer team was looking forward to the first week of Mission Valley Athletic League games in the New Year.

First up was John F. Kennedy High at TAK Fudenna Memorial Stadium on a warm January evening. The Vikings quickly went on the offense and peppered the Kennedy goal with shots, but good defense and excellent goalkeeping kept the game even. Half way through the first half, Viking keeper Andrea Hanna got her first touch of the game and launched a thundering drop kick to Erica Ohye, who sped past the Titan defense towards goal. Keeping her head, Ohye deftly lobbed the ball over the encroaching keeper to make the score 1-0.

When the second half started, the Lady Vikings pushed forward from the start to try and increase their lead. Attack after attack was thwarted by strong Titan defense until Ohye controlled the ball on the edge of the Titan 18 yard box, before sliding a pass to Rachel Heng who poked the ball past the Titan keeper to make the score 2-0. Only minutes later, Sarina Utamsing added another after she intercepted a clearance and blasted a low shot into the right corner of the net. The final 3-0 score was truly a team performance as all squad members contributed.

In the second game of the week at Irvington's home field, the Vikings came up against the highly fancied American Eagles. Both teams started strong and although chances were hard to come by, the Lady Vikings had the best opportunities as Ohye had a nice shot saved by the Eagle keeper and Rhian Dunn hit the upright from a long range effort. The first half finished a very respectable 0-0.

Once again the Lady Vikings came out strong at the start of the second half and immediately put pressure on the Eagles goal. The pressure was eventually rewarded as Ohye picked up the ball to the right of the goal and as Summer Jones and Dunn crashed the goal, Ohye's hard shot ricocheted off an Eagle defender past her keeper into the net to make it 1-0. Minutes later Ohye was again in the action as she fed a short pass to Utamsing who hammered the ball past the keeper from about 15 yards out to make the final score 2-0.

Essential to the win was strong defense from the Lady Vikings by Tiffany Sarchet, Merhartaj Gill, Aileen Cheng, Megan Dunn and Alyssa Mathias which resulted in another shut out victory for keeper Andrea Hanna.

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