But the Valiants know they must still get past the Eagles, Aardvarks

BEAVERTON - The 2010 season was not everything the Valley Catholic boys soccer team had hoped it would be.

The Valiants played their way to a sixth-place finish in District 1, then saw their season end in the district playoffs.

They'd love to make 2011 a lot better and longer.

'Every year there is a three-headed monster to beat in Riverdale, Catlin Gabel and OES,' said Valley Catholic coach Brad Pollard. 'No disrespect to those schools because their programs are solid, but those are the teams that we set out to compete with, and hopefully overcome, every year.'

This year's Valiants will be led by its large group of returning seniors - forwards Bryan Gardner and AJ Bernards, midfielders Dylan LeMay, Patrick Casale and Jihoon Lee, goalkeeper Nick

Konen, and defenders Alex Vennes, Aidan McLeod and Mike Prier.

'This is obviously their last chance to compete at the high school level,' Pollard said. 'They led summer training sessions and conditioning, and have basically put the team before themselves, so how we do this season will be up to the group of seniors.'

The rest of this year's lineup will include juniors Viktor Moldenhauer and Bjoern Westermann, sophomore Zach Holden and freshmen Sean Lee and Wilder Boyden.

'Our goal is to play good soccer and always try to go for the top spot in league,' Pollard added. 'If we can stay consistent each week, and work on getting better, we should do very well this season in league.'

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