Warriors Get Back on Winning Track vs. Sunnyside
Valley Christian Warriors welcomed Sunnyside High School from Fresno out
to San Jose for an official non-league game on Tuesday. Though rain was
in the forecast, the weather held up.
The game started off well for the Warriors who had
opportunity after opportunity. However, it was tough to get
anything going offensively with 9 offsides calls in the first 10
minutes, one coming on a throw-in...
Sunnyside challenged the VC goal a few times, forcing
Austin Mansker to make a great point blank save to keep the game level.
The game would go to half-time tied at zero.
After a refocusing effort in the locker room, the
Warriors came out firing in the second half.
The scoring got started with an awesome individual effort
by Kevin Tarangioli. Kevin took the ball around midfield, and
dribbled through several defenders before feeding Alex de Leon.
Alex outraced the 'keeper to the ball, and touched it around him.
As he attempted to go by, the goalie took out de Leon's ankles, penalty
Kevin stepped up and placed the ball expertly past the
of the buildup can be seen here. Video of the PK is
The second goal of the game came on a 'Jiggly puff' from
Jake Joseph. The free-kick came from about 30 yards out and, with
the help of several players jumping in front of the goal, beat the
keeper. 2-0 VC.
The final goal came with 5 minutes remaining. Sam
Mathison opened his account after receiving a pass from Britt Nelson
that found it's way through 2 defenders. Sam took a quick shot,
and buried it into the left side netting, a great goal. 3-0 VC.
Video of Sam's goal can be found here.
The game ended 3-0, as freshman goalkeeper Patrick
Colombana held the clean sheet for the Warriors.
VC will have a few days off before resuming training in
preparation for Bellarmine on January 7th!
- Sam Mathison's goal was the first of his varsity career.
- For Britt Nelson, the assist was his team leading 4th of the
VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: Austin
Mansker (clean sheet)
Kevin Tarangioli (penal)
Jake Joseph (UA)
Sam Mathison (Nelson)
VC Starting Lineup: Mansker, Joseph, Berding, Ruiz,
Grayson, Mathison, Kuschel, Karlsson, Nelson, de Leon, Plug
Game time: 2pm