COVINA - It was the perfect recipe for an upset.
The Northview High School boys soccer team defended, countered, and seemed to be frustrating visiting Baldwin Park - on a roll and ranked third in this week's CIF-SS Division V poll.
But the real frustration fell on Northview.
Even though it played well enough to deserve the victory, the Braves avoided a tie after getting bailed out on a penalty kick in the 57th minute.
Braves midfielder Edgar Padilla took the penalty and tucked it in the right corner for the lone goal and 1-0 victory to help the Braves improve to 18-1 and a perfect 6-0 in the Valle Vista League.
With all the incidental shoving and pushing going on in the box, Vikings coach Angel Reyes was disappointed the match was settled on a controversial penalty kick call, especially after losing 7-2 to the Braves in their first meeting.
"Our boys played their hearts out, they really did, it's tough to have it decided that way," Reyes said. "The referee won it with that call. It was a bad call. I know they (Braves) were outplaying us in the second half, but that's a tough call to make in that situation.
"But that's soccer. Sometimes you get those calls, sometimes you don't."
The Vikings (8-8, 2-4) came out more aggressive, and nearly took a 1-0 lead when Luis Sanchez's 40-yard rocket ricocheted off the crossbar in the 10th minute.
The Vikings nearly headed home a free kick and had another shot go just wide before the halftime whistle.
The Braves, who normally move the ball around well on their flat field-turf surface at home, had a hard time stringing passes together on Northview's small field and bumpy surface, but that didn't stop the Braves from adjusting and dominating the second half.
In fact, if not for a few spectacular saves from Vikings junior goalkeeper Rony Perez, it could have easily been 3-0 or 4-0.
Padilla, who converted the penalty kick, missed at least three chances right in front of the goal.
"Northview played well, it seemed like they wanted it more than us in the first half," Braves coach Ricardo Mira said. "The second half we dominated, but we missed a lot of opportunities."
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