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Tapia’s four goals keep Vallarta undefeated

ERIN YOUNG

BRECKENRIDGE – This past summer, nations across the globe banded together to support their soccer heroes in the 2006 World Cup. Last Friday night, Cup fever was revived at the Breckenridge Recreation Center where High Country Soccer indoor league teams Hacienda Real Vallarta and the Bohemians met after their two-week holiday break. All of the Vallarta players hail from Mexico, while the entire Bohemian team comes from the Czech Republic, making for quite a mix of languages on the Breck hardwood.The playoffs are fast approaching, so the undefeated Vallarta side had plenty to lose against the Bohemians, who have so far enjoyed a less-than-perfect season. Friday’s game played out as the records indicated it would, and Vallarta continued its unbeaten season with a 7-1 victory.”This is what we wanted; what we came here to do,” said Vallarta’s Sam Meza.Both teams started gently, finding their feet after weeks of holiday feasts. But just a few minutes into the first half, Vallarta’s Jorge Tapia effortlessly sent the ball into the Bohemian net. Refusing to let such a goal stand unanswered, Thomas Konecny of the Bohemians blasted a goal of his own past the Vallarta players soon after.Tensions escalated among the players for the rest of the first half, until eventually two players, one from each team, were ejected from the game with red cards for roughing.Amidst the hidden shoves and aggressive blocks, the Bohemians’ powerful shots were no match for Vallarta’s quick footwork on the small indoors pitch. The superior squad pulled away with little resistance after a tight early stretch.Of Vallarta’s seven goals, four were due to the bull’s-eye mark of Tapia. “Bookie,” as his teammates have come to call Tapia, “is the guy to go to when you need goals,” says teammate Meza. Add his scoring ability to his laid-back style on the pitch, and he will make Vallarta a powerful force in the playoffs coming up on Jan. 19.


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