Boys soccer: Valparaiso keeps rolling with win over Highland
By Brandon Vickrey Post-Tribune correspondent September 9, 2013 10:06PM
Updated: September 9, 2013 10:42PM
VALPARAISO — Valparaiso utilized a balanced scoring barrage and its usual stingy defense to down Highland 8-2 on Monday night.
Six different players recorded goals as the Vikings (4-0-1) prevailed to remain unbeaten. Thomas Walsh and Brendan Sutherland each scored twice in the second half to help Valparaiso pull away from the Trojans (4-1).
“After a Saturday match with Penn that was a very difficult match for us (a 0-0 draw), I wasn’t sure how we were going to respond,” Vikings’ coach Danny Jeftich said.
Both teams had to cope with sweltering temperatures that hovered around 90 degrees throughout the match.
Through the first four matches of the season, Valparaiso has outscored its opponents by the combined score of 21-3.
The Vikings struck first when Cory Fox found the back of the net in the fourth minute of the match. They doubled the lead five minutes later as Luke Kovar rocketed one into the goal, his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Bennett Van Shouwen picked up an insurance goal to help his team build the lead to three.
“We have a lot of dangerous players who can score, so we cannot rely on one player,” Jeftich said.
Max Young accounted for both Highland goals, becoming just the second player all season to score a goal against the Valparaiso defense. Entering Monday night, the Vikings had shutout their opponents in three consecutive matches.
Highland coach Pere Dorsuleski was pleased with the way his team battled in the first half, staying within two goals at the break.
“I think such a hot, humid day like today is ultimately what did us in,” he said. “Normally September soccer isn’t this brutal with the weather.”
Dorsuleski said he started substituting his junior varsity players into the match when the Trojans trailed 5-2 in order to garner experience for those players. Valparaiso’s reserves also received significant playing time as a total of 22 different Vikings saw action.
Valparaiso’s Jake Apollo capped the scoring with under five minutes remaining in the match. Caleb Neal, who said he enjoys seeing teammates score goals, dished out three assists. Vikings’ goalkeeper Andrew Fletcher tallied four saves to lift his season total to 17. Highland keeper Josh Bertossi picked up four saves.