Bellarmine signals end of an era, and positives for future. 2/7
The 2005-2006 Boys soccer
season ended today with a 4-0 loss at Bellarmine. The WCAL
Semifinal was a hard fought match, but it was not meant to be.
The Bells came out strong,
scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes. The Warriors fought
back, and were able to create numerous scoring chances. Just
before half, Joey Stryker and
Jeff Coggan worked a beautiful give and go
in the box. The Bells 'keeper came out on Jeff and made a great
save to keep the game 2-0.
At half, the score was 3-0.
The second half was a big
improvement. The VC players fought hard, creating some scoring
opportunities and showing great heart. The Bells would score once
more at the very end of the game, and the game would end 4-0.
Coach Basanese had this to say
about the game afterwards.
"All year I've tried to
teach the kids about character. How do we respond when we're down?
In life and in soccer? Do we pack it up and put our tails between
our legs? Or do we try harder? Today, the team responded.
I thought we played much better in that second half. Bellarmine is
a great side, one of the best I've seen. I'm really proud of the
guys today...sad, but proud."
After the game, the mood
was somber. For the seniors, this would be the last time they'd
wear the VC Blues. Several players have been a part of the program
since their freshman year. For Ben
Hansen and Jeff Coggan, the game marked the end of their four year
careers on varsity.
Basanese stressed the
positives in the post game speech.
"Look around you, look at
these guys. I've loved being a part of this team, and I hope you
have too. We've all made some great friends, and had great times
on this team. Losing doesn't change that."
The program will bid
farewell to 10 seniors at the end of the season banquet (date not known
yet). However, there are many great young prospects in the
program. Ronald Jenkins is very positive about the JV kids that
will be coming up, and there are many great young players on Varsity
"It's true that we're only
returning 4 starters next year, but there are many juniors on the team
this year who have gotten lots of playing time. We also had 5
sophomores this year that we're very excited about," Basanese said.
The end of the season
banquet details will be coming soon, but we know that it will be held in
the Theater. It will be something you won't want to miss!
vcsoccer.com man of the match: Jeff Coggan
VC Starting Lineup: Hansen,
Williamson, Zvolanek, Favre, Nettemeyer, Field, Keeling, Coggan, Mark,
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