PLACENTIA - Valencia couldn't hold its defensive shape, was slow to the ball and lacked any movement in the midfield. Coach Barry Gardner needed only one word to describe the Tigers' performance in the first half of Monday's North Orange County Championship semifinal.
"Terrible," he said. "We got lucky today."
And for the sixth season in a row, Valencia will play for the tournament championship, edging Newport Harbor on penalty kick, 4-3, after the teams played to a scoreless tie. Brandon Zirkle, ...Read the rest of this entry »