2022.05.24 Boys Soccer: Dulles District Semifinal, Loudoun Valley @ Tuscarora

Leesburg, VA (May 24, 2022) - The Tuscarora Huskies had earned the top seed in the tournament by virtue of an unblemished regular season 8-0-0 record. That consistency separated them from the rest of the Dulles District, but there is a group of three teams right behind that also had stellar campaigns. Among that group was the visiting Loudoun Valley Vikings, who had a slightly better overall record and only two district losses--one of which came at the hands of the Huskies just a month ago.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.

Tuscarora pressed the Loudoun Valley defense right from the start, and the visitors were immediately on their heels. That pressure was rewarded in the 9th minute when Ethan Frazier slotted the ball past Viking keeper Henry McClellan for a 1-0 lead.

After that goal, Tuscarora continued to dominate, but Valley began to penetrate beyond midfield. And halfway into the period they started getting decent chances against Huskies keeper Riley Klemm. But the Huskies struck again in the 27th minute when William Menjivar drilled an arcing shot from outside the left of the penalty area for a 2-0 lead.

Now playing with ten on the field due to a red card, the Vikings faced the potential of getting routed, but they fought back and for the first time put together dangerous chances. In the 33rd minute, Ryan Cassidy scored to cut the lead in half, and in the final minute of the first period they had an apparent goal called back for offsides. At halftime, the score was 2-1 and the intensity of the game was high.

Valley's momentum continued into the second half. Awarded a free kick just above the penalty area, Syed Raheen curled a shot over the wall and into the upper left corner of the Tuscarora goal. With the game tied at 2-2, the Vikings were suddenly and amazingly in the hunt for the win. 

And it got even more challenging for Loudoun Valley when they lost another player and their head coach to red cards midway through the half. Tuscarora immediately spread the field in order to wear down the Vikings, but they could not find a finishing touch in regulation.

The first overtime was scoreless, and it looked like the second overtime would be, too, but Tuscarora's diminutive Robbie Pearson cut through the Valley defense for the winning goal with virtually no time remaining sending his team on to the championship.

Final Score: Tuscarora 3 - Loudoun Valley 2 

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