Above: Jeff Coggan (left) and Joey
Stryker (right) celebrate Coggan's goal vs. St. Francis. The goal
was the 30th of his career, making him the All Time VC leading goal
One down, six to go. Warriors
stifle Lancers 1/12
After a heartbreaking 3-2
loss to the Riordan Crusaders on Tuesday, the Warriors hosted the
considerably stronger St. Francis Lancers. Perfect weather welcomed the
showdown between two teams that are better than their records show.
In the WCAL opening match, Valley Christian got a last minute goal from
senior captain, Austin Keeling, with 9
minutes to play. The Warriors held on for the 1-0 win. Since that game,
wins have been hard to come by and the VC varsity entered today’s game
with a 2-4-2 league record.
The equation is simple. The Warriors need to finish the season with 4
wins, and no more than 2 losses. If you do the math, that means that a
win or tie against either S.I., Bellarmine, or Mitty is necessary to
finish with a .500 record. That’s assuming that the team handles the
other games. The pressure is on, and for today, VC responded solidly.
The game started out with back and forth action. Out of the gates, the
Warriors took the bulk of the scoring chances, and found the net with a
spectacular goal 22 minutes in.
A ball was played in to senior Joey Stryker
who, as he was falling backwards, lunged to play a brilliant ball to an
onrushing Jeff Coggan. Coggan took the
ball in stride and expertly dribbled around the keeper, placing it into
the net. 1-0 VC.
Above: Stryker lunges to play the ball through to Coggan who put the
Warriors up 1-0
The goal had historical meaning as well. For Coggan, it was the 30th of
his career, breaking the scoring record previously shared by Jeff’
brother Jimmy Coggan, and Ronald Jenkins. Jeff Coggan is now the
All-Time leading goal scorer, and assist leader in school history.
The All Time stat sheet can be found
The half would end with St. Francis taking some of the momentum. The
game was physical with both sides trading blows. The Valley
Christian defense was anchored by sweeper
David Zvolanek and Ben Hansen.
The defense remains without Tyler Seaman,
and Chris McElhatton...both regular
At halftime, the Warriors made some minor adjustments and returned to
the game invigorated. Several cheeky pass plays were seen by VC fans as
they watched St. Francis slowly give in to the pressure put on by the
Around the 66th minute, David Nettemeyer
would score his third goal in three games, all from headers.
Ross Mark played a perfectly timed ball into
the box. After a slight deflection, Nettemeyer was able to head the ball
over the charging keeper and into the St. Francis net. 2-0.
Above: David Nettemeyer puts the Warriors up 2-0 from Ross Mark.
A few minutes later, Coggan took a pass from Stryker and smashed a left
footed half volley into the side netting. The goal was erroneously
called offsides, and the score stayed 2-0.
Above: Coggan celebrates as the ball lies in the goal. The goal was
unfortunately called offsides.
The game would end that way, with the Warriors moving one step closer to
qualifying for CCS. To qualify, a team has to have either a .500 record
in league or overall. Right now, the Warriors have neither. The team is
ready though, and while the road will be tough the will is there.
Nothing worth achieving comes without a fight, and everyone involved
knows that a fight is exactly what making CCS will be.
The Warriors travel to
Saint Ignatius on Saturday to take on the Wildcats. The game is
incredibly important and it starts at 11am.
Game Notes: Tyler
Williamson was injured in the game. We hope to have him back by
Saturday's game, but right now he's questionable.
Photos from the match
can be found here! Special thanks to John Basanese Sr. for
taking the time to shoot these incredible action shots!
Another special thanks
goes to Coach Terry McElhatton for doing a live webcast of the game with
vcsoccer.com man of the match: Jeff Coggan (1 goal, 30th of his career)
Coggan (Stryker) '22
Nettemeyer (Mark) '66
VC Starting Lineup: Hansen,
Zvolanek, Williamson, Mark, Nettemeyer, Field, Keeling, Coggan, Osuna,
Weather: Partly cloudy, slight breeze.