West Valley upsets defending state champion Mt. San Antonio for big early season win

West Valley men's soccer (Courtesy Matt Folsom, West Valley Athletics)
West Valley men's soccer (Courtesy Matt Folsom, West Valley Athletics)

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SARATOGA, Calif. - A beautiful Bay Area blue sky above one of California's top pitches provided the perfect setting for a battle of north vs. south Saturday. The West Valley Vikings hosted defending CCCAA state titlist Mt. San Antonio College in one of those non-league matchups that may have provided a glimpse into the playoff future.

Pedro Werneck Silva's set-piece header in the 47th minute lifted the Vikings to a thrilling and physical 2-1 win over the previously-unbeaten Mounties in Saratoga. After Silva's goal, the Vikings (2-2) weathered a furious Mt. SAC assault, denying multiple set-piece opportunities with timely tackles and great saves from keeper Yannick Lamers.

The Mounties (4-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead on Sam Ponting's unassisted 36th minute blast. Rudy Castro, on a helper from Miguel Paz, evened it up for the Vikings seven minutes later. Silva put WVC up for good just after halftime, heading in a perfect corner kick cross from Alexis Rincon.

The Vikings head to Evergreen Valley Thursday (9/14) for a 7pm tilt against the Hawks (1-2-2), while the Mounties visit Cuyamaca (0-3-2) Tuesday (9/12).

(Courtesy Matt Folson, West Valley Athletics)