Lansdowne, VA (May 16, 2018) – By the time pre-game player introductions began the Loudoun Valley Vikings and the Park View Patriots were already soaking wet. Rain had come down throughout warmups, but that precipitation and the forecast for more would not dampen the competitive spirit of the two teams. After all, only the regular season Dulles District championship and a guaranteed spot in the regional tournament were at stake.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
Within the first minute of the game, Park View had a breakaway down the right flank. Only Viking keeper Tanner Newport could stop the swift Patriot attacker, and with a courageous sliding play he provided the first example of the brilliance that both tenders would demonstrate throughout the night. Under conditions that always generate dipping, skipping, swerving balls, Newport and his Patriot counterpart Kevin Mendez would be nearly perfect.
If Loudoun Valley had the advantage in the air with impressive and powerful clearing headers from their back line then Park View won the ground game with quick and precise touch passings on the interior. Daniel Soiland owned the Viking center defense and cleared every chip and cross that came his way while the gifted Jeison Urbina acted as the target man for the Patriots and ignited the Park View attack.
Both teams had solid scoring chances in the first half, but no one could finish. Remarkably, both teams played nearly mistake-free on a night where the weather was almost expected to cause dangerous miscues.
Well into the second half, players, coaches, referees and spectators began to anticipate overtime and, potentially, a shootout. But with just nine minutes remaining Urbina was called for handling just twenty yards out from the Park View goal. The Vikings' Max Breitenthaler was not about to waste this chance, and he drilled the ensuing free kick neatly into the upper ninety just beyond Mendez' reach for the first lead of the game.
That margin would hold despite a furious Park View effort to equalize. Both teams played a championship caliber match, but Loudoun Valley claimed the title.
Final score: Loudoun Valley 1 - Park View 0
|Players who could be clearly identified by jersey number are listed in the links below. Additional photos of these and other players may be viewed and purchased in the full gallery.|
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