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February 15, 2011 > Irvington JV soccer wins MVAL

Irvington JV soccer wins MVAL

Submitted By Paul Dunn

Irvington High School JV girls soccer went into the final week of the season unbeaten and in first place in the Mission Valley Athletic League, claiming the school's first MVAL JV soccer crown in several years.

Backup goalkeeper Allison Huff started her first game of the season for head coach Lynn Cooper's squad against Mission San Jose High on a blustery Tuesday, Feb. 8, afternoon due to starting keeper Andrea Hanna being injured a week ago. Irvington (11-0-1) was feeling confident and immediately pushed forward, but the Warriors defended stoutly and the Warrior goalkeeper made several fine saves.

Fifteen minutes into the game, Megan Dunn lofted a perfectly placed corner onto the head of Sarina Utamsing who precisely headed the ball out of the reach of the keeper into the corner of the net. Erica Ohye then doubled the score as she made a run onto a clearance from Aileen Cheng and sped past the defense to place a perfect shot past the encroaching keeper.

The Vikings came out strong in the second half and soon added to their lead as Molly Cory sent a pretty chip over the middle of the Warrior defense to Rachel Heng who one-timed the ball past the goalkeeper. Later, Heng latched onto a wayward Warrior clearance and quickly touched the ball forward to Ohye who slotted the ball past the keeper for her second of the afternoon.

Summer Jones came on as left wing and was soon tormenting the Mission defense as Naomi Figueroa did the same on the right side. The Vikings added a fifth goal when Rhian Dunn streaked down the right wing before crossing to Amie Fang. Fang quickly turned and tapped the ball to Dimple Patel whose shot made the final score 5-0.

On Thursday, Feb. 10, the Vikings had their final game of the season against Washington High School. Not only was it the final game, but it was the Vikings' Senior Night, recognizing seniors Fang, Heng, Ohye and Marissa Lee. But it was a freshman who saved the day, as early in the game, goalkeeper Allison Huff saved a blistering shot from a narrow angle as the Huskies went on attack. The Viking defense of Megan Dunn, Emily Holmes, Mehartaj Gill and Aileen Cheng eventually settled down, limiting further attempts on their goal.

Upon Huff's next touch of the ball, she cleared it to midfield, where Ohye quickly controlled it and launched a long ball through the Husky defense to fellow senior Heng, who beat both the defense and keeper to the ball before prodding it home to make the score 1-0.

Irvington started the second half on fire and within a minute Ohye stormed down the left wing and cut back the ball to Cory who lobbed the ball over the Husky keeper from the edge of the 18 yard box. Only a minute later Utamsing split the Husky defense with a precise pass to Ohye, who quickly turned away from her marker and hammered home the Vikings' third goal where the score finished.

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