Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Northwestern High School
Spring Valley High School
Yesterday afternoon, the Lady Trojans JV soccer team took a long bus trip to Columbia to renew what has become a yearly rivalry match-up with the Vikings of Spring Valley. The two teams first butted heads two years ago in a time shortened game that ended in a nil-nil tie. Last year the Vikings made the long trip to Rock Hill to play at Northwestern and limped out with a tough loss to the Trojans, losing in penalty kicks after finishing regulation tied 1 all. The two squads would later meet up twice in the Irmo End of Season Tournament, with the Trojans taking both games, the first 1 nil and the 3rd place game 2 nil. After four close games, each team came in knowing that this one would be no different. This match would be the fifth time in 3 years that the teams would clash, with the possibility that each squad may meet up again at the Irmo tournament.
The opening minutes of the contest told the story of the game. Each side contested every pass and crashed into each other with a frenzy, and all with arms and legs flailing for control of the pitch, with each side trying to impose their will against each other. Possession in the first half was simply dominated by the Trojans at a two to one advantage, but Spring Valley found a lot of running room at times to run beautifully timed counters against the Trojans. Each side displayed their courageous defenders that would bend but each refused to break.
In the 29th minute of the game, a perfectly played ball in the middle of the field landed at the feet of the center attacker who then made a quick pass to the attacking mid, who put in a near perfect ball into far post for the first goal of the game. The late score would hold until the halftime whistle.
Once the coaching staffs had placed in necessary halftime adjustments, the second half started off much the same as the first, though possession would favor the Vikings this time, as they moved time and time again down the field like a well organized army only to be thwarted on every attempt by the well coordinated efforts of the Trojan defense and midfield. A breakthrough finally occurred in the 41st minute, or the 11th minute of the second half, when the center striker took a ball herself straight through the Viking defense for a long thirty yard run and rewarded herself with a shot that slipped in under the diving Spring Valley goalie for a 2 nil Trojan lead. This would be the final score of the game, as the second goal knocked the wind out of the sails of Vikings.
The Trojans next play on Friday with another long road trip to the Columbia area, this time to play against the Demons of Lugoff-Elgin. These two squads met last year in the Irmo tournament, with the game ending in a 1 all tie when Lugoff scored with just a handful of seconds left on the clock.
Of note, with the second goal of the game, the Trojans now have had 13 of their 23 players on the roster score this season.
Shots SOG CK F OS
NW 15 8 3 3 4
SV 7 6 1 5 0