VC Falls to SI in WCAL Opener 12/08
The Valley Christian
Boys Varsity Soccer team opened WCAL play today, hosting St. Ignatius.
The weather was chilly, but sunny, and the field was in perfect
The first twenty minutes of the match were fairly even with the teams
trading minor goal scoring chances. That was until SI broke through
about 32 minutes in.
The Warriors were unlucky to have a defender slip and fall in the box,
leaving his man unmarked. The ball found it's way to the unmarked SI
player who finished from 7 yards out into the side netting, there was
nothing Austin Mansker could do to
stop it. 1-0 SI
The game would go to halftime that way, and
Coach Basanese took the kids to
the locker room to make an attempt at inspiring the team.
"I just didn't feel like we were playing with the heart that SI was.
I'm ok if we lose games where we give our all, but if a team 'out
desires' us, I have a problem with that. At halftime, I simply asked
the team to invest in this game physically and mentally."
The second half started off better than the first for VC. A few
opportunities came their way, but nothing major. The SI defense did
well to contain Alex de Leon who had
scored 6 goals in the previous two games.
"They (SI's defense) were very well organized. We had a lot of trouble
breaking them down today. That's the best defensive team we've faced
this year, and by far the most disciplined. We need to be better
offensively, but give credit to SI's back line, they played great," Basanese said.
In the 10th minute of the second half, SI scored again on a well played
through ball. The SI forward barely beat a sliding Mansker to the ball, and
finished into an empty net, 2-0 SI.
The Warriors had a chance to pull within one goal with about 10 minutes
to play when Jake Joseph fired a free kick at
the SI goal. The 'keeper made a save on the shot, but gave up a rebound
that bounced straight out to the edge of the 6-yard box but there was no
VC play following up.
Opportunities like that have to be finished said Basanese.
"That was a good illustration of how we played today. If we follow that
shot, it's an easy goal, and we're back in this thing. As it turned
out, the goalie was able to get up, and dive on the ball before we could
finish it. A little bit of ball watching there cost us a goal."
The game would end 2-0 in favor of the visiting Wildcats, and while the
it wasn't VC's best game there were some positives that stood out to the
"We did some things well. For one, we defended much much better today
than we did against Santa Cruz. We marked the outside half's much
better, and our backline played a good game. We got good contributions
from Ruiz, Blake and Wally back there. That said, our touch was off
today, and at the end of the day, the team that wanted it more won.
Well deserved." Basanese said following the game.
"We don't have time to sulk. We have Los Gatos on Monday, and they are
a fantastic team. I think that we'll learn from this that lack of
effort should never cost us a game, especially at home."
The Warriors will travel to Los Gatos for the final game of pool play in
the Homestead Christmas Cup. A win will assure VC a spot in the
next round. Incidentally, no VC team has ever advanced out of pool
play in this tournament.
Photos from today's game were again taken by John Basanese Sr.
Special thanks to Mr. Basanese for taking the time to be at the game.
The photos turned out great, and can be
found by clicking here.
VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: Blake
VC Starting Lineup: Mansker, Walitsch, Ruiz,
Cardoza, Nelson, Tarangioli, Joseph, Cordeiro, Rothenberg, Alex de Leon, Fahmy
Game time: 11:00 am
Weather: Mostly sunny, 60 degrees