Aldolfo Cambiaso (left) and Diego Cavanagh (right) controlled the field In Valiente’s debut in C.V. Whitney Cup. All photos © David Lominska/IPC
Patrons Gillian Johnston and Bob Jornayvaz
Meanwhile, Cambiaso and Cavanagh only shot at goal once each, displaying their ability to impact the game with ball control and passing, rather than making attacking runs themselves. While Valiente used a similar strategy in the 20-goal, it seemed to be more effective in 26-goal with 6- and 8-goal players in Zavaleta and Cavanagh, respectively, receiving the passes. Zavaleta has shot 61.5% from the field while Cavanagh has shot 55%, both well above the 2017 season average of 47.6%, allowing Cambiaso to distribute offense rather than generate it himself.
Valiente was relentless, stretching their lead to 7-1 after the first half with Cavanagh shooting 4 of 6 from the penalty line, Zavaleta adding two goals from the field and Cambiaso adding one goal from the field on his only shot attempt. Coca-Cola struggled to keep consistent possession, only putting 6 shots at goal with Julian de Lusarreta their only player to score a goal.
Throughout the game, Coca-Cola tried desperately to pressure Cambiaso when he had the ball, often bringing de Lusarreta and Julio Arellano forward. But that allowed Cambiaso to pass into space and enabled Jornayvaz to block downfield for Zavaleta and Cavanagh as they received the pass. That put a lot of pressure on Miguel Novillo Astrada to stay back and never allowed him to push forward in the game. Astrada only managed one shot and zero goals for the game as the Valiente offense kept the 9-goaler in check. With Coca-Cola often on the defense, they ended up committing 14 fouls to Valiente’s 8 for the game. The team in red never could make a consistent attack from the field or from Arellano at the penalty line, as he was only given 3 attempts all game.
Julian de Lusaretta, Matias Torres-Zavaleta
Julio Arellano, Matias Torres-Zavaleta