Valley Christian Opens Homestead Cup with A
Convincing Win 11/25
After a tough loss this past Wednesday at
Leigh, where the Warriors outshot their opponent 17-2, the varsity team
was looking to put some balls in the net. Wilcox @ Willow Glen was
next on the schedule.
With perfect weather, and a nice field turf
field to play on, the Warriors peppered the Wilcox goal from start to
finish with 22 shots on goal.
The game started off with VC taking
possession right away, and firing shot after shot. The scoring
finally got underway in the 16th minute, ending a drought that spanned
over 120 minutes.
carried the ball up the left hand side and swung in a nicely placed
cross. Aaron Hutton played a nifty
no look pass back to Ryan Favre who made no
mistake from about 18 yards out. 1-0 VC.
"It was a great pass from Hutton, and I was
in the right place at the right time," said Favre following the game.
For Ryan, that was the first goal of his Varsity career.
Just minutes later, the Warriors would add
to the lead on a set piece. Ross Mark
drove a perfectly placed ball from around 40 yards out into the box.
John Field rose above the crowd to nod home
the goal. 2-0 VC. For John, this was his first goal in a
three year varsity career...ironically after he made the position change
"We worked on that play, just yesterday in
practice. Credit Ross for playing a perfect ball, and Field for
being exactly where he should've been. A great goal." coach
John Basanese said.
As the Warriors continued to pressure
Wilcox, they would strike again in the 26th minute. Field brought
ball up from the left back and played a perfect ball right to the
onrushing Hutton. Aaron carried the ball a few yards before
beating the 'keeper to his near post. 3-0 VC. For Hutton, that's
his second goal on the young season.
The guys would wrap up the scoring in the
34th minute with a nice goal from Kegan Garrison.
George Fahmy played a great ball to Kegan
who finished the ball near post with a left footed shot. 4-0 VC.
This was also Kegan's first varsity goal!
After halftime, many players saw their
first action on the field, and did very well. The Warriors
maintained control of the game, and ended up hitting the post four
times. Freshman Alex de Leon and
his brother Christian played well in the
second half, keeping Wilcox on it's heals.
The defense could get lost in the wake of a
great offensive game, but it should be noted that each one of the
defenders played extremely well. For freshman goalkeeper,
Austin Mansker, it was his first
shutout of his young career.
Donny Fugate had this to say about the VC defense following the
"I was really proud of my guys today.
We made great passes out of the back, hit some checking forwards, and
smothered any opportunities that Wilcox was trying for. Anytime
you keep an opponent without a single shot, that's a dominant game.
A great performance today."
The Warriors will travel to Evergreen High
School to play the second game of the Homestead Christmas Cup this
coming Tuesday. Come out and support the team!
More photos from the match, taken by award
winning photographer John Basanese Sr., can
be found here.
vcsoccer.com man of the match: Ryan Favre (1g)
VC Starting Lineup: Mansker, Walitsch, Goldsmith,
Yun, Garrison, Rosa-Diniz, Reyes, Hutton, Favre
Weather: Sunny but cold, 60