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by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Valley Catholic Valiants midfielder Noah Olson  (4) fights for possession against Delphian Dragons Nick Koenig (3) at Valley Catholic School.

Last Tuesday Oct. 9, the Valley Catholic High boys soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 2-0 loss to De La Salle North Catholic High.

The next day, Wednesday Oct. 9 against Delphian High the Valiants earned a much different result.

Valley Catholic completely dominated the match, scored three goals in the first half and despite being leg-weary in the second half, kept a clean sheet for a 3-0 win.by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Valley Catholic Valiants midfielder Victor Rodriguez (8) celebrates with teammate midfielder Sean Lee (9) against Delphian Dragons at Valley Catholic School

“We had a really tough game against De La Salle,” Valley Catholic coach Mike Chertude said. “We just got unlucky on a penalty we gave up. Today, they came out ready to play.”

For the first 20 minutes, Valley Catholic kept the ball almost exclusively in the attacking third. The Valiants peppered the Delphian goal with shots, but could not find the back of the net.

“Early on we missed a couple of easy goals,” Chertude said.

That ended in the 25th minute.by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Valley Catholic Valiants defender Ben Davidson (10) dribbles through Delphian Dragons defenders at Valley Catholic School.

Valley Catholic moved the ball into the 18-yard box. It bounced around the box between Valiant attackers and Delphian defenders. Finally, it came to the feet of Alessandro Tubito, 9 yards out from goal. Tubito sent a shot to the right post, and Valley Catholic led 1-0.

“It knocked off somebody, and I just kicked it in,” Tubito said.

In the 27th minute, Sean Lee took the ball on the right side and broke free from the Delphian defenders. He entered the 18-yard box completely alone with only the Delphian goalkeeper to beat. From 12 yards out, Lee fired a shot to the right post. The Delphian goalkeeper had no chance of keeping the ball from the back of the net.

“The defenders lost the ball,” Lee said. “I dribbled down, and I saw the goalie was going left, so I shot it right.”

Valley Catholic got one more goal in the 37th minute on another breakaway. Binh Luu entered the 18-yard box alone. The Delphian goalkeeper left his line to try to challenge Luu. From 15 yards out, Luu chipped the ball over the goalkeeper’s head, giving the Valiants a 3-0 lead.by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ -  Valley Catholic Valiants midfielder Sean Lee (9) scores a goal against Delphian Dragons Morgan Allard (1) at Valley Catholic School.

“I just saw the defender lose the ball,” Luu said. “The defenders came together and lost it. I took my chances and just shot a hail Mary.”

The Valiants defense was phenomenal throughout the first half, holding Delphian to just one shot. In the second half, Chertude began subbing different players in and out of the match to give his side a break as they faced their fourth half of soccer in two days.

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