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Boys soccer: Valpo routs shorthanded LC on senior night

Updated: September 25, 2013 11:00PM



VALPARAISO — Although Valparaiso’s senior night festivities wrapped up before Wednesday night’s Duneland Athletic Conference match kicked off, the celebration continued as the Vikings (8-2-2, 5-1 DAC) rolled to a 7-0 victory over Lake Central (3-8-1, 1-4).

Valparaiso jumped out to the lead when Thomas Walsh scored in the fourth minute.

“On senior nights, either you’re hot and you’re really playing well, or you’re sluggish and that was the question before the game,” Valparaiso coach Danny Jeftich said. “I told our guys, ‘Do not underestimate the record of these guys because every time we play Lake Central, it’s a tough game.’ Getting the first goal really helped us out.”

Lake Central keeper George Turjilo made an early exit after receiving a red card in the 13th minute of the match. The Indians were forced to play the duration of the match with 10 players.

“It’s very difficult when you have a guy like George, who’s such a leader in the back, and you lose him early,” Lake Central coach Jereme Rainwater said. “We were already playing with a younger group, and then playing a guy down we were just exposed athletically.”

Rainwater said he has never been in “a position like this” in 15 years of coaching.

“There are some things that you can’t fix,” he said. “I’m starting a lot of kids and we’re playing (against) men. When you walk down the line and you shake hands, they’re talking in a deep voice and they’ve got hair on their legs.”

The Vikings built their lead to three prior to halftime as Luke Kovar and Jacob Wallace each tallied goals.

Cory Fox and Bennett Van Schouwen each scored second-half goals before Wallace’s second goal of the match. Caleb Neal rocketed one out of the reach of a sprawling Austin Chuckaluk and into the net with 12 minutes remaining in regulation to cap the scoring.

The victory put Valparaiso back in the Duneland win column a week after losing to Crown Point in a penalty kick shootout.

“When they beat us, we kind of put our heads down, but we’ve definitely got momentum going into the rest of our schedule,” Kovar said. “After the game (against Crown Point), we just tried to stay positive and keep our heads up.”



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