Waukee boys’ soccer was involved in a heated match against Valley on Tuesday, May 17. The visiting Valley squad left with a 4-1 victory.
In a fast-paced, back-and-forth contest, Waukee freshman Lucas Gutierrez put the ball just out of the goalie’s reach and high into the back of the net to put the Warriors on the board.
The Warriors possessed a 1-0 advantage at the half. The intensity was raised in the second half. Valley’s Aaron Williams tied the match early in the half, and there was some dispute from the Waukee side that a hand ball violation was committed.
The referee did not like what he heard from the Warriors, and he issued junior Cade Longnecker a red card. Waukee was forced to play the rest of the contest down a player.
Fans on the Waukee side were vocal in their opposition to the referee’s decision.
Valley took advantage of the situation and piled on three more goals in the second half to secure the victory.
Waukee coach Carlos Acebey said the team had to make sacrifices defensively once it was down a player against the No. 2 team in the state.
"They took advantage of their opportunities, and we didn’t," Acebey said. "So whether we’re down a man or not, it doesn’t matter in the end. We have to still play the game."
Acebey said he was proud of the Warriors and the intensity they played with. With the regular season wrapped up, the Warriors now know each game moving forward could be their last.
"We have a week off, so that will help a little bit," Acebey said. "But we just got to get back to playing the style of soccer that we want to play."
Substate tournament action will start for Waukee on Wednesday, May 25.
The Warriors will look to turn things around after three straight losses.