Purcellville, VA (May 23, 2018) – The Loudoun Valley Vikings probably assumed that they would be playing someone else for the Dulles District boys soccer championship. But the Dominion Titans, they of a modest 5-5-1 district record, had other ideas. Fresh off a huge, shootout-hardened upset of the Park View Patriots, they were raring to go for a shot at the title.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
Ten minutes into the game, Loudoun Valley's stalwart back line general Daniel Soiland had to leave the game with a bloody nose. Perhaps his absence left a slight gap in the Viking defense because almost immediately a long cross from the left flank slipped through to Dominion's Jose Martinez who one-timed a shot that beat keeper Tanner Newport for a stunning goal and a surprising 1-0 lead.
The Titans continued to pressure the Viking defense and, while they didn't get many more threatening shots in the first half, they certainly controlled the run of play.
But with fifteen minutes left in the half, Loudoun Valley began getting some chances and thrust the game into the Dominion defensive end. They still couldn't score, however, and with 2:00 minutes frozen on the clock there was little time left to affect the scoreboard.
But the Vikings won a corner kick that was crushed by a header from Soiland. Titan Keeper Ian Whitfield got a hand on the ball--and so did the crossbar--but the shot bounced down in front of the goal line where the ever-opportunistic Max Breitenthaler touched it into the net to tie the score as the first half ended.
That goal was huge, and it could have represented a momentum switch, but Dominion rose to the challenge. Throughout the second half--and two regular overtimes--both teams had solid chances and came out large defensively, but neither could score again.
So it came down to sudden death overtime to decide the championship. Three minutes in to the third overtime Loudoun Vally streaked down the left side and crossed the ball. The pass found no one in the center of the field, but Jefferson Martinez corralled it on the right and let go of a high shot from a tough angle. Striking the bottom of the crossbar--and just clearing Whitfield's outstretched fingers, the ball settled into the net for the win and the championship.
Final score: Loudoun Valley 2 - Dominion 1
|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.|