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Valley Christian Downs SHP 3-1 (11/24)

The Warriors suited up, Monday, to play their 6th game in 5 days, this one against perennial division III finalist Sacred Heart Prep.  The SHP team travelled to Valley Christian for both teams' second game of the season. 


The weather was perfect for the game with temperatures around 70 degrees, and very little wind.  The game kicked off promptly at 3:15pm.


The Warriors, coming off a successful scrimmage with Concord on Saturday, came out very strong.  The back four did a tremendous job of starting the attack, and Valley held possession for the first 15 minutes consistently. 


In the 16th minute, Austin Mansker made an incredible reaction save to keep the score level.  A SHP player won a free kick just outside the 18 yard box.  The ball was swung in, right to an open man who put his shot on goal.  Austin moved quickly to his right with nice footwork, before sprawling out to make the reaction save.


Video of the save can be seen here.


Assistant coach, Donny Dequine saw this as a possible turning point for the game.


"We're fortunate that we have one of the best goalkeepers in the country, or it's 1-0 right there.  I think after that, the guys stepped it up a little."


The game continued with VC holding the possession.  The SHP players proved skilled and dangerous with the ball, but Valley did well to squash any chances.


The game would change with 5 minutes to play in the half.  Senior midfielder, Kevin Tarangioli, expertly brought down a punt from the SHP goalkeeper and found Britt Nelson on the outside.  Britt found Kevin open again in the middle and fed him a brilliant pass.  Tarangioli beat his defender and took a 30 yard left footed shot that was too much for the goalkeeper.  1-0 VC.


See the video of the goal here.


The game went to half 1-0 VC.


The second half started out well for Sacred Heart Prep.  A SHP midfielder won a ball about 35 yards out and hit a scorcher that looked to be going over the goal, before sliding into the net just below the cross bad.  A fantastic shot, 1-1.


The Warriors would battle back and re-take the lead in the 60th minute.  Britt Nelson pounced on a turnover inside the SHP 18 yard box, caused by Trevor Plug.  Britt turned and placed a shot into the far post upper-v.  2-1 VC.


Video of the goal can be found in the full game highlights.


Moments later, in the 65th minute, Trevor Plug would close out the scoring.  Britt Nelson swung in a great corner kick which found Plug waiting far post.  He was clinical with the finish, and that capped the scoring, 3-1 VC.


The game served as the final 'tune-up' for the team, and coach Basanese thinks that they are ready for a grueling pre-season, and league slate.


"Sacred Heart Prep is a good team.  Those kids did well, I thought.  We just kept possession of the ball, and that's tough to play against.  I was pretty happy with the way the guys responded after SHP tied the game, and the way we closed things out.  The defense played great, the reserves saw some time, which is important, and we got some nice goals.  I still think we need to be better in the final third of the field, but we're working on that.  Overall, a great game for us."


The Warriors will have some much needed rest between games, and will take on the Westmont Warriors next Tuesday at 7pm, at Valley Christian (football field).  Come out and support the team!


Video highlights from the game can be found here. 


Please note: The file is LARGE (50mb), but should be really nice quality.  I recommend that you download the file by right mouse clicking, and selecting save as, or save link as, or save target as (depending on your web browser).  Save to desktop, and then watch the file.  You will also need Quicktime to watch it.  It's free to download, and once you get it once, you'll be able to watch highlights from our games all year.


Game Notes: This was the first ever matchup between Sacred Heart Prep and Valley Christian.


VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: Britt Nelson (1g, 2a)

Sacred Heart Prep 0 1 1
Valley Christian 1 2 3


Scoring Summary:

Kevin Tarangioli (Britt Nelson)

Britt Nelson (Trevor Plug)

Trevor Plug (Britt Nelson)

VC Starting Lineup: Mansker, Joseph, Hittler, Berding, Gizzi, Tarangioli, Cordeiro, Nelson, Rosa-Diniz, de Leon, Plug

Game time:  3:15
Weather: 70 degrees, mostly sunny