The Virgin Valley High School Boys soccer team found their mojo Tuesday night defeating their archrival Moapa Valley High School Pirates 2-0. The League win was important for the ‘Dawgs as they are one game behind the last qualifying spot for the playoffs. “This is one of our best offensive performances in five games,” said Bulldog Coach Bob Snell half way through the first half of play.
The Bulldogs attacked the Pirate goal early and often during the first few minutes of play. Freshman Moises Medina led the attack early with four shots on goal, two of which went wide despite perfect positioning. Credit must go to the Pirate goalkeeper as he endured the onslaught with precision blocking. Bulldog striker Marcelo Lara added three shots on goal within the first 11 minutes of play. Despite the offensive display, it wasn’t until the 36 minute mark did the Bulldogs score on a good pass from Lara to Tony Villalobos. The first half of play found the ‘Dawgs up 1-0. The Bulldogs outshot the Pirates 10-1 in the first half led by Moises Medina’s five shots.
The Pirates came out in the second half with a more deliberate and aggressive style of play. They took it to the Bulldogs from the opening whistle till the end of the game. It was now a typical Bulldog- Pirate sporting event. Yellow cards were in fashion as penalties were assessed on both sides. ‘Dawg goalkeeper Domingo Ramirez was tested in the second period by the aggressive Pirate offense but held his own. The final score of the game came at the 30 minute mark of the last period, when Bulldog Uli Flores attacking from the left side, hit Villalobos with a great pass for his second goal of the night. Moises brother, sophomore striker Gabby had the last shot on goal which hit the sidebar. The game ended with the Bulldogs on the winning side of a 2-0 score. The Bulldogs had 18 attempts on goal. “We finally got a win. It is always a battle with the Pirates. Our defense played well tonight. We needed this win to remain in the hunt for a playoff berth,” said Coach Snell. The Bulldogs are 2-4 in league play and 7-7 for the season.