Above: Star goalkeeper, Ben Hansen's
20th career WCAL shutout led the Warriors to a tie vs. high powered S.I.
Ben Hansen carry's Warriors.
At 9-2-3, Saint Ignatius is
one of the CCS' best teams. This past Saturday, the Warriors
traveled to San Francisco to take on the Wildcats. The day started off
poorly as it was pouring rain, and the Warriors were to be without 4
recent defensive starters...not a good thing when you're about to take
on the second place team in the WCAL.
With a job to do, the team
arrived ready. The drenched teams took the field for the starting
whistle. The game was a back and forth affair, with both teams having
chances. At the end of the first half, the game was tied 0-0 with
no really big saves on either side.
The coaching staff was able
to find a dry 'lockeroom' where they could make half time adjustments.
The message: Don't be intimidated, we can win this game!
The teams took the field in
the second half and the Warriors came out with everything they had.
Scoring chances went back and forth and goalies came up big on each
With about 8 minutes to
play, the courage of one player took over. Ben
Hansen, the Warriors star goalkeeper, and a starter since his
freshman year got to work.
On the first chance, a SI
player hit a shot that seemed destined for the upper corner of the net.
Hansen dove quickly to his left and caught the shot. He held the
ball as he crashed to the ground, no rebound and no goal.
Just minutes later and SI
player came through alone with Hansen. The 'keeper came out full
speed and threw his body in front of the shot, stopping a true
breakaway. The player was called offsides on the play, after the
save but the message was clear. Nothing was going into the VC net.
After a near miss by
Jeff Coggan, and
Joey Stryker, SI had one final strike.
With 1:30 left on the
clock, Jeff Cosgriff dished the ball around the top of the 18 to a
player who cracked a left footed shot that was going for the side
netting. Hansen took three steps to his left and then dove
parrying the ball just wide.
"I didn't even know what to
say. It's my opinion that no goalkeeper in CCS makes that save
except Ben. His footwork was so fast, that was incredible," coach
Basanese said on the bus after the game.
The game would end a tie,
and the result may have saved the Warrior's hopes for a CCS berth. The
Warriors still need to win 3 more games to finish at .500, and qualify
for an At Large berth.
"We knew we needed a tie or
a win against SI. There were a lot of subplots to this game, but the
bottom line is that we owe this one to Ben Hansen. He showed every
member of this team and school today that he is with us to the end.
I'm very proud of Ben, and thankful for his commitment. The defense
played great today, but without Benny, we lose this game." Basanese
The Warriors will take on
Mitty at home on January 19th. Don't miss this extremely important
Game notes: For Ben
Hansen the shutout was the 20th of his WCAL career. He has 29
vcsoccer.com man of the match: Ben Hansen
VC Starting Lineup: Hansen,
Garrison, McLaughlin, Mark, Nettemeyer, Field, Keeling, Coggan, Osuna,
Weather: Rainy and windy