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AHS keeper Alex Magner and the Avery Vikings soccer team pitched a pair of shutouts against
Western Highlands Conference foes last week. Photo by Skip Sickler

Originally published: 2013-10-02 16:51:59
Last modified: 2013-10-02 16:52:44

Avery soccer blanks pair of conference foes

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Avery Vikings soccer shut out a pair of conference opponents last week en route to two victories in three matches. On Monday, Sept. 23, Avery traveled to Burnsville, defeating the Mountain Heritage Cougars 1-0 in a defensive struggle at Briggs Stadium. Two nights later, Avery used four second-half goals to shut out Mitchell 4-0 at MacDonald Stadium. The Vikings ended the week with a trip to Providence Academy, falling by a 3-0 final match score.

AHS scored the lone goal of its match with Mountain Heritage in the 32nd minute, when Leonel Castaneda found the back of the net off an assist from David Velasquez.

"I was really pleased to come away with a win, especially at Mountain Heritage, where the field conditions are usually a bit tougher. The Cougars have come a long way and have improved greatly as a soccer program," AHS head coach Bruce Daniels said. "Our defense had a strong effort, and has been a strength for us for much of the season."

Avery hosted Mitchell on Wednesday, Sept. 25, and shook off a lackluster first half to score four goals to earn the win. Levi Illes scored the first two Avery goals early in the half, following by a Juan Robles goal in the 68th minute (his first career Avery goal) and David Velasquez goal (also his first career Avery goal) in the 74th minute.

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