Bellarmine holds off Valley Christian 1/5
The scene was perfect. 74
Degrees, loads of fans,
(showtimes at the bottom of article), Live VC webcast, and
not an ounce of wind. The players were ready for this traditional clash
of two WCAL teams.
The Bellarmine Bells had
just returned from Florida where they took second in the countries
biggest high school tournament. The Bells proved their top 5
National ranking by taking second in the tourney. The loaded with talent
Bells brought their show to Valley Christian.
Seven minutes after the
kickoff, the Bells took the ball down the left side of the field and hit
a contested cross towards the goal. A diving
Ben Hansen just
missed the ball and it was redirected nicely by the onrushing Bellarmine
player. 1-0 Bells.
The Warriors would not give
up, several chances came their way before the Bells improved their
In the 34th minute,
Bellarmine was awarded a free-kick. After a delay of game yellow
card, they took their shot from 23 yards out. The direct kick hit
the VC wall, and deflected into the upper corner of the net. There
was nothing Hansen could do, 2-0.
At halftime, the score was
2-0 Bells and things were looking bad.
After a brief halftime
speech, the Warriors came out guns blaring. Chance after chance
fell their way before Bellarmine got fortunate once again. The
Bells forward took a turnover around midfield and was able to beat
'keeper Ben Hansen back to the goal. 3-0.
From this point on, the
Warriors reached deep and drew on weeks of fitness training. In
the 60th minute, Jeff Coggan lined up a free-kick and placed it past the
Bells 'keeper. 3-1.
The rest of the game was
played in the Bellarmine half, chance after chance was turned away.
The boys were winning every ball and giving everything they had.
"Bellarmine is a class
team. They have class coaches, class players, and they are
incredibly talented as a team. That said, I can't tell you how
proud I am of our kids today. They gave us every bit of their
hearts, and we had a chance to compete with a great side,"
Coach John Basanese said
after the game.
The game ended 3-1, but a
lesson was learned from the game. Heart will take you places.
To even mention each of the players by name would be pointless, but the
whole entire team gave their all.
Former coach Donny Fugate
attended the game, and he had this to say afterwards. "I was very
impressed with the tenacity displayed by the Warriors today. They
played all out until the final whistle. I was very proud of my
Matt Cossell, coach of the
boys freshman basketball team said, "I like the headbands, can I say
As Head Coach
Vranicic was cleaning up the field, he commented on the attitude in the
locker room before the game. "It was dead quiet when I walked in there.
That was when I knew...these kids are ready."
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The highlights from the
game can be seen on Cal-High Sports at the following times:
Sundays at 5:30 p.m. on
Mondays at 7 p.m. on FSN Bay Area
Thursdays at 2 p.m. on FSN Bay Area
vcsoccer.com man of the match: Brad McLaughlin
Coggan (UA) '60
VC Starting Lineup: Hansen,
Zvolanek, Seaman, Mark, Nettemeyer, McElhatton, Keeling, Coggan, Osuna,
Weather: Perfectly clear, 74
degrees. No wind.