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Valhalla story has a new ending

03/05/2016, 9:22pm PST
By Ed Wehde

Runner-up finish in 2015 sparks Norsemen to greater heights in clinching title this season

— The Valhalla girls soccer team completed some unfinished business Saturday.

A year after coming up just short of a title, falling in the championship game, the seventh-seeded Norsemen downed No. 5 University City 3-0 in the San Diego Section Division II finals at Olympian High to claim the title that eluded them last season.

“It feels amazing,” Valhalla senior Stephanie Fox said. “(Last year’s loss) motivated us a lot. It really pushed us.”

The championship was the fourth for Valhalla (14-6-5) and first since 2004.

“The girls earned it,” Valhalla coach Daniel Codina said. “The girls have worked this entire year. It’s been a tough year for us, and we’ve done it.”

Senior Quinn Rafferty opened the scoring in the 21st minute, and Fox and sophomore Carly De Went added second-half goals to seal the win over the Centurions (11-7-9).

Norsemen sophomore keeper Katelyn De Went made six saves, many of them top class, and sophomore Brianna Thompson made two saves in the final minutes to record the team’s fifth straight clean sheet.

“Katelyn is a very good goalkeeper,” Codina said. “Shutouts in CIF — usually you can’t do that. We’re really proud of that.”

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