Brandon Stirm leads group of VC
Alum into finals at VC 6/10
The San Jose Firecrackers
Saturday team plays in the men's adult league of CAA (Christian
Athletics Assosciation). The team consists of 6 Valley Christian
Soccer alumni, including Brandon Stirm, Donny Dequine,
John Basanese, Jeremy Basanese,
and Justin Basanese. One more player, Antonio Favela, attended VC
as a boy...and the VC Soccer photographer, John Basanese Sr. plays as
Saturday, June 10th would
mark the first time since graduating that Stirm, Ruiz, Dequine, and
Justin Basanese would play a competitive match on the VC soccer field.
With Ben Hansen randomly in attendance to watch, the game had a nice
sentimental feel to it.
"Naturally, it was special
for me. I loved coaching these kids, and to remain friends with
them after high school is a real blessing. Then on top of that, I
get to play with them...and even better on the field that I coached them
on, it's really special for me," VC Coach John Basanese said after the
The opponent was OTH
United, and the weather was perfect. Incidentally, OTH had a few
other VC soccer contributors. Adam Gill (Jr. High AD, Girls JV
Coach), and Dustin Watson (Jr. High Soccer coach) play.
The Firecrackers Saturday
came out slow, but were still able to create chances. However, it
was OTH that would open the scoring.
Adam Gill nodded a ball
past the onrushing Matt Favela (GK) and into the net, 1-0 OTH.
That would be the last
sniff of the lead that the men in blue would have. In the 24th
minute, Justin Basanese played a perfect slot pass to Dequine who took
an inside out shot with his right foot, beating the keeper. 1-1.
It would stay 1-1 until halftime.
The second half was all
Firecrackers Saturday. Brandon Stirm scored two goals, nearly
identical from 24 yards out. Each time, he brought the ball down,
took a look at goal, and bent a screamer into the far post side netting.
"It's funny, those two
goals Stirmy hit reminded me of the way Jeff Coggan shoots. Both
were amazing shots, and the goalie hardly moved on either," Basanese
Stirm finished off the
scoring with his third of the game. David Ahlgren played a nice
1-2 pass with Brandon who fired a left footed shot off the far post and
into the net. 4-1.
While the whole team played
well, it was a day for the VC alumni to shine, tallying all 4 goals.
It should be mentioned that
the Firecrackers Saturday defense was strong with Tone, Ryan, Aram,
Ruiz, and Matt Favela holding down the fort.
Also, playing their best
games of there year were Michael Gonzales (Gonzo), and Ralph Ahlgren.
Both players made several great passes, and had some near goals.
Next Saturday, the 17th,
the Firecrackers Saturday will take on The Sting, who won their
semi-final game 9-0 earlier in the day. The last time the Sting
and Firecrackers B met, the game was a tie 1-1. This promises to
be a great match, pitting many former stars from King's Academy against
The game will be at 3:50 PM
at the Valley Christian Soccer field. If you like the idea of
seeing a collection of old VC talent play together again, come on out,
it should be exciting!
If you're interested in
playing Adult League Men's soccer with CAA, you can visit the website at
www.playcaa.org, or email coach
Basanese at John@vcsoccer.com.
The next season will start in September.