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February 1, 2011 > Vikings JV soccer remains unbeaten

Vikings JV soccer remains unbeaten

Submitted By Paul Dunn

After beating strong rivals James Logan High School, 3-1, on Tuesday, Jan. 25, in a hard fought game at Logan's intimidating stadium, the Irvington High School Lady Vikings JV soccer team looked forward to its home game against John F. Kennedy High on a perfectly manicured and newly lined grass field (thank you coach Ed Ohye and team manager Jagpreet Sidhu).

The Vikings started well and were soon passing the ball around the field with ease. It wasn't long before Rachel Heng latched on to a loose ball in the Kennedy goal box; controlled the ball on her thigh and volleyed a shot which was blocked, but Heng reacted first and powered the ball home.

Irvington continued to push forward and brought in Emily Holmes at left back, pushing Alyssa Mathias into midfield to help the offense. At the 25-minute mark, Rhian Dunn swung in a long free kick from the right touchline which Sarina Utamsing hammered towards goal; the keeper made a great save but dropped the ball which Utamsing raced towards and poked home before the defense could react.

Minutes later Erica Ohye weaved her way down the left touchline and centered the ball back to Utamsing who calmly curled the ball around the Kennedy keeper into the right-hand side of the goal from 15 yards out to make the score 3-0.

Summer Jones came in as right midfield as Vahini Patel and Natalie Cory came in to replace the tired forwards towards the end of the first half - Cory went close on several occasions as she terrorized the left side of the Kennedy defense. At the half, Irvington held a 3-0 lead, as a lovely goal by Amie Fang was ruled marginally offside.

It was a repeat performance in the second half with Kennedy desperately defending against the Vikings creative attack. Dimple Patel came on in midfield to add width to the left side attack and Naomi Figueroa came on to add speed to the Vikings' tiring front line. The Titans defense played much better in the second half and the Titans goal keeper made several key saves, so it was not until late in the second half that the Vikings increased their lead.

Ohye ran onto a long through ball from Aileen Cheng, passing the lone Titan defender before slotting the ball home past the encroaching keeper to make the final score 4-0. Goalkeepers Andrea Hanna and Allison Huff combined for the Vikings' sixth shutout of the Mission Valley Athletic League season.

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