Vikings win in the 90th minute


Allison Roullier

Yazmin Jaime (22) looks for an open teammate as DVC looks to score against ARC. Vikings won 1-0.

Julianna Cardinale, Staff member

Heading into their final two games of the regular season, the Diablo Valley College Vikings won an important 1-0 victory over the American River Beavers.

Although the Vikings had the ball in their possession for a majority of the game, they fell short of scoring goals. However, the lack of goals wasn’t the main issue, it was player safety. Throughout the game, head coach Cailin Mullins was trying to protect her players when she received a yellow card early in the second half.

But the Vikings still fought through the game all the way to the end. Their persistence paid off in stoppage time when forward Julia Curran who earlier in the game, got punched in the face by an ARC player, found the back of the net.

“I decided to go outside when I saw the defender go inside,” said Curran, “once there was no one on me,  I took the shot because it was the last minute of the game.”

The shot that Curran took sailed over the goalkeeper’s head and found its way into the back corner of the net. The Vikings won 1-0 in exciting fashion. “We got a little lucky there,” said sophomore captain Megan Coppa, “but it was an important result.”

An important result was right, as this was a must win game for the Vikings. As the Vikings look forward to the playoff push, they have two games left: playing at home against Modesto, and an away game at San Joaquin Delta. “These last two games are very important,” said Mullins, “if we can get a win and a tie we should be in good shape.”

The final home game will be on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 3:00 pm.