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Coggan's heroics lift Warriors. 1/22

Valley Christian 1, Sacred Heart Cathedral 0

Saturday's game versus Sacred Heart Cathedral had tons of playoff implications. The Valley Christian Warriors boys varsity soccer team is in must-win land. Ties won't do it, losses won't do it...it has to be wins from here out. With four games remaining, the stage was set for part one.

The game was mainly dominated by the Warriors who time after time challenged the Sacred Heart defense. However, the clear cut chances were not coming. Not many of the opportunities turned into obvious goal scoring opportunities.

At half time, the game was tied at 0-0.

The second half was more of the same at first. Lots of good possession but no goals. Ryan Corry led the defense with outstanding play. Sacred Heard rarely got a good shot on Ben Hansen who kept his 4th clean sheet of the year and the 22nd of his fine career.

Of vcsoccer.com's man of the match, Ryan Corry, coach Basanese said "Ryan has been huge for us all year. His intelligence back there is incredible. He gives us 4-5 goal scoring opportunities each game with his ability to drive a ball 50 yards. It's hard to imagine where we'd be without him as our sweeper."

In the 70th minute, the Warriors switched to a 3 man front line and finally the chances began to appear.

In the 76th minute, Peter Osuna played a brilliant cross in to the back post where the WCAL's leader in goals and assists, Jeff Coggan, was waiting. Jeff was able to finish the goal with a diving header. 1-0.

"In practice we teach the kids to swing crosses in from there. Peter played a great cross and Jeff was there to finish it off" Coach Fugate said referring to Coggan's winning goal.

For Jeff, it was his sixth goal of the year to go with four assists. The rest of the game went as normal with the final whistle signaling the first win of 4 needed.

"We knew we had a job to do. It wasn't great today, but we did what we needed. It was a nice finish, but give credit to Sacred Heart. They played us tough" said John Basanese following the game.

The Warriors will take on the Bellarmine Bells on Tuesday in another must win game. The game will be at 3:15 and the forecast is for sun.  Don't miss the biggest game of the season.

Game Notes: For Jeff Coggan, the goal was his 5th game winner, 19th overall, and 10th WCAL goal. His 5 game winning goals puts him one behind his brother Jimmy Coggan for the most in school history...The clean sheet was the 15th in WCAL for Ben Hansen's career.

In other news: Austin Keeling asked Laurie Stribling to the upcoming dance after the game, and she said yes!

vcsoccer.com man of the match: Ryan Corry

SHC 0 0 0
Valley Christian 0 1 1

Scoring summary:

Coggan (Osuna) '76

VC Starting Lineup: Hansen, Corry, Ruiz, McElhatton, Bales, Zambataro, Stryker, Nettemeyer, Keeling, Coggan, Smith

Weather: Sunny  64 degrees