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2009/2010 Boys Soccer Season Preview

It's that time of year again. The soccer field is littered with student athletes practicing the world's most popular sport.  With the varsity team now selected, the team is now preparing for the season opener.


As always, VCSoccer.com brings you the exclusive season preview on the Warriors.


"The program is once again deeper than the previous year," head coach John Basanese said.  "We are continuing to reap the benefits of stressing fundamentals in our program, and the parents and fans should see an exciting product on the field this season."




The Warriors will be without Austin Mansker, as he has elected to remain with his club side for their games.  Sophomore Patrick Colombana will step in and fill the role he's been groomed for.


"Having Austin play club is a tremendous loss to our program.  He's been an impeccable leader, and is obviously very talented as a goalkeeper.  That said, we have great faith in Pat, and I know he'll be solid in goal for us.  We're very lucky to have him," coach Basanese said.


Patrick, nicknamed Sweazey, has grown in size, and confidence.  In training so far he's shown that he's improved on his already strong shot blocking abilities, and will be a great distributor out of the back.  Last year, Sweazey got some time for the varsity team, so there is a great base to build on.




On the back line, VC will be deeper than in recent years, returning several players.  Justin Berding, Danny Hittler, Will Pitman, Kyle Grayson, and Cody Leal all played last year, and they are joined by several talented youngsters who are looking to make their mark on the varsity side.


The team has been looking to stabilize in the back, something this team should be well on its way to accomplishing says Coach Basanese.


"We're very deep.  We know what we're getting with the returners, and they are going to be pushed by the new guys coming up.  It's new for us to have 6-7 players who can start for us back there.  This, coupled with Sweazey's emergence, should make us pretty tough to breakdown."




As deep as the team is in the back, the another stable of stars plays in the midfield.  There are several players who played or started last year, and they've all came into the season better than before.


"Let's start with Justin Cordeiro," Basanese says.  "I beleive that he's one of the top defensive mids in the CCS.  He's a junior this year, and he's bigger, stronger, and quicker...it's pretty scary."


Combine Cordeiro with Ballard, Ramirez, Karlsson, and the exciting newcomers, and you have what should be a very dynamic midfield.


"If we can stay healthy, those guys will turn a lot of heads this year.  Chas Michael is big, and Phil Ramirez has a crazy shot.  I'm also expecting this to be a breakout year for Lars.  We're excited to watch these kids this year," Basanese said.




The Warriors will rely on a solid throng of forwards up top to score the goals.  Last year's leading scorer, Alex de Leon, has also decided to stay with his club team instead of playing high school.  Losing Alex is another tough loss, as Alex was preparing to challenge the all time goals record for VC.


Even without Alex, however, the team has plenty of firepower.  Jordan, Zack, Sam, and Spencer are returners who will all compete for the starting jobs.


"We have a lot of speed up top, and these are guys who want to score.  I'm excited to see the energy those guys have spread across full games instead of coming off the bench.  With Ronnie Jenkins joining our staff, we have another offensive coach who will push these guys to score goals.  I'm excited about it," Basanese said.


Youth Movement


Basanese has selected 2 freshman for the team this year, and they are both field players...something he has never done as the coach at VC.


"We decided to keep Jacob and Zack on varsity, and we're pretty eager to get these guys out there.  Both love the game, and play like it...that's why they're here.  I love having talented underclassmen on varsity, and this year is going to be another example of that," Basanese said.


The team will also feature several Sophomores, including 3 likely starters.


"It reminds me of the year we won the WCAL," Basanese said.  We had Ben Hansen, and Jeff Coggan leading our team as younsters.  I'm stoked to see these kids rise to the challenge."


It looks like another exciting year for the Warriors who will open up with a non-league match vs. Harker Academy on the 1st of December.


Stay tuned to the website for updates on the team!


Go Warriors!