Lead, Fall To Gunn 11/21
The Warriors opened their regular season Wednesday with a home game
against perennial CCS powerhouse, Gunn High School. The players
had a half day, and after a nice team lunch, they were ready to go.
Right off the starting whistle, the Warriors and Titans each had good
possession moments with minor chances going to each team.
In the 23rd minute of the match, Jake Joseph put the Warriors on the
VC was awarded a direct free-kick from about 10 yards outside the 18
yard box, and to the right. Jake stepped up, and placed the ball
perfectly past the keeper into the far post upper-V.
A video highlight of the
goal can be found here.
"Good shooters get goals like that," coach John Basanese said.
"Whether he meant that to be a cross or a shot is irrelevant to me.
He did what we ask, which is to put the ball in a dangerous spot, and
this time he scored. Next time maybe somebody puts it away in
there, either way it's a goal."
few minutes later, sophomore Alex de Leon had a great chance when he
found himself alone with the Gunn 'keeper. The goalie was up to
the task, and de Leon was denied.
The game would go to the half with VC up 1-0, and both teams playing
The second half began with Gunn applying consistent pressure.
Austin Mansker made some key saves to keep the Titans off the board.
In the 63rd minute, Gunn would finally break through when a shot was
deflected on it's way to goal found it's way in. The ball appeared
to not cross the line, but it was called a goal by the AR. 1-1.
Gunn kept the pressure on, and eventually broke through again on a
corner kick that was headed home.
The Warriors, now down 2-1, pressed forward 3 forwards to make an
attempt at an equalizer. The attempt failed, and Gunn scored once
more in injury time.
The game would end 3-1, with lots of good things to work on for the
Game Notes: Jake's goal was the first of his VC varsity career,
in fact it was his first points!
VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: Jake
VC Jake Joseph (UA) '23
Gunn goals came in: '63, '70, and extra time.
VC Starting Lineup: Mansker, Walitsch, Hittler,
Cardoza, Tarangioli, Joseph, Cordeiro, Rothenberg, Nelson, Alex de Leon,
Game time: 3:15pm
Weather: Perfectly sunny, 55 degrees (cold)