Above: Sweeper Nathan Goldsmith prepares
for Saturday's game vs Sacred Heart Cathedral.
VC Travels to San Francisco to
Beat SHC 1/21
The day got off to a rocky
start. Rain met the Warriors as they left the school on the bus, and the
bus got lost on the way to USF. Brad McLaughlin
had to apologize for his 'hairdo' for the second time this season. See
That was about all that went wrong though, as the Warriors boy’s varsity
thumped the Sacred Heart Cathedral Irish.
Star ‘keeper, Ben Hansen asked Laurelyn to
the Winter Banquet on the way to the game. He delivered a rose and
popped the question. Thankfully, Laurelyn said yes. Hansen had this to
“I was really happy that she said yes. I think we’ll have a great time
together.” Hansen said , beaming.
The game started off in classy fashion with a goal in the 9th minute.
Joey Stryker headed the ball to
Austin Keeling. Keeling played a through
ball over the top to Jeff Coggan. Jeff
brought the ball down between two defenders and deposited it past the
diving ‘keeper. 1-0 VC.
Just minutes later, the Warriors struck again.
Ryan Favre one touched the ball to a streaking Stryker who collected
the ball and struck it into the far left side netting. 2-0 Warriors.
“I knew I had to finish that one since I was all alone. That ball from
Ryan just came to my feet, it was perfect.” Stryker said on the bus
When asked what he’s ordering from Alotta’s (the team's restaurant of
choice on rides home from SF), Joey said “Turkey and Cheese sandwich.”
The half would end that way, with the Warriors all over SHC.
The second half was more of the same. The Warrior’s defense kept the
Irish at bay, never having to defend a solid shot.
A near miss by Keeling would’ve put the Warriors up 3-0. Austin passed
the ball near the top of the box to a posted up Jeff Coggan. Coggan laid
the ball off and Keeling unleashed a ‘fiery dart.’ The ball hit the
outside of the post, and the game would stay 2-0.
“I told Joey, right when I saw that ball…I said, ‘I’m gonna kill it!’
but it just went wide” Keeling said of his shot.
The Valley Christian
defense was great once again. John Field
was repeatedly assaulted on the left, but did a great job preventing SHC
from scoring. Keegan Garrison played his best game of the season,
and solid play from the entire back line helped VC to post it's 5th WCAL
shutout of the season.
For VC, the win makes them 6-7-3 overall, and 4-5-2 in WCAL play. With
three games remaining, the team must win 2 to qualify for a shot at a
Coach Basanese commented on
the game's significance afterwards.
"We need two more wins, and
we have three more games. I was very proud of the guys today.
Sacred Heart is a good team that plays with a lot of heart.
They've gotten results against the top teams in our league. To
come to SF in the rain, and leave with a resounding 'W,' I'm very
Up next, Bellarmine at Bellarmine.
Game Notes: Benjamin
Hansen posted the 30th shutout of his illustrious career...Jeff Coggan
overtook his brother Jimmy Coggan for second place on the career WCAL
goals list. JV Coach Ronald Jenkins is #1 with 19 league goals,
while Jeff has 17 after today....Joey Stryker scored his 10th career
vcsoccer.com man of the match: Keegan Garrison
Coggan (Keeling) 9’
Stryker (Favre) 12’
VC Starting Lineup: Hansen,
Garrison, Favre, Mark, Nettemeyer, Field, Keeling, Coggan, Osuna,
Weather: Overcast 58 degrees, wet