Spring Valley’s boys and girls soccer teams completed Region 4-4A sweeps of neighboring Blythewood on Friday night.
The Vikings boys (7-2-1, 4-2) kept pace with Ridge View at the top of the region standings by edging the scrappy Bengals 1-0 on a goal by Antoine Parris and a stellar defensive performance in front of keeper Ben Limbaugh. Limbaugh was also in the net for SV in a 2-1 win vs. Blythewood on March 17.
It was the fourth win in a row for Dave Clark’s side since dropping back-to-back region matches to Rock Hill and South Pointe (March 24-26). The Vikings did not allow a goal in two outings this week. Eric Javier picked up the shutout in a 4-0 triumph against Lancaster on Tuesday.
Parris, a skilled junior forward, has been hot of late and leads the Vikings with seven goals. He had six goals in the past four games, including two against Lancaster earlier in the week.
Blythewood fell to 5-4 overall, 3-3 in region.
Spring Valley’s girls scored their second 1-0 success vs. the Bengals, last night in overtime courtesy of a goal by Kelsey Sawyer – her first of the season. The Vikings previous 1-0 triumph went to a shootout. The Bengals are still looking for a way to solve SV keeper Amy Kolowsky.
The Vikings have won four of five matches (all shutouts by Kolowsky) after getting off to a tough 0-2-1 start. Spring Valley (4-3-1, 3-1) maintained its second-place standing in Region 4-4A, one game behind Ridge View.
Despite the latest bitter loss to Spring Valley, Blythewood (6-4, 3-2) remains solidily in third place in the region and is on track for a playoff invitation.