Friday’s results: Valhalla rallies late to tie Westlake

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Valhalla made up a two-goal deficit late in the game to tie visiting Westlake 2-2 Friday.

The Wildcats controlled the tempo and the ball for most of the match, but allowed the Vikings to capitalize on minimal opportunities.

“Westlake was the better team today,” Valhalla coach Sandro Prosperino said. “But my guys hung in there playing patient soccer and got the tie.”

Westlake’s Conor Glendon started the game scoring with a goal at the 10-minute mark and teammate Carmine Cicchillo added another with 18 minutes left in regulation.

But Valhalla remained resilient and found itself with late-game opportunities. The Vikings’ hope was revitalized when Jose Robinson found the back of the net at the end of a scramble for the ball at the 65-minute mark.

“The first goal is always a huge one and, after Jose scored the first one for us, we knew we had an opportunity to score again and at least send the game into overtime,” Prosperino said.

The tying goal came off of a put-back rebound from Steven Kopicki in the 71st minute. Kaio DaSilva hit the ball off the post right and the ball found its way to an open Kopicki. Kopicki stroked the ball into the lower left corner and passed Westlake goalie Aiden Frawley to complete the comeback.

Frawley had seven saves. Alex Briganti had five for the Vikings.

Best of the rest: Osvaldo Almiron scored three goals in White Plains’ 4-1 victory over Mount Vernon. … Arlington B beat Haldane 3-2. Aidan Draper scored both goals for the Blue Devils.

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