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Warriors Continues Winning Ways, Drops Piedmont Hills 12/4

The Valley Christian boys soccer team travelled to Piedmont Hills Thursday to take on the Pirates in the second of three public school matchups this week. 


The weather was ideal, and the new Piedmont Hills stadium is about as perfect a scene for a game as possible.  With no track around the field, the fans are right in the action. 


The Warriors, coming off a 3-1 win against Westmont were looking to continue the 2 game winning streak.  Piedmont Hills fielded a solid team, coached by Eric Gaspar.  The Pirates went deep in CCS last season before losing to perennial power, and WCAL champs, Bellarmine.


The game started off with the teams trying to feel the other side out.  In the 20th minute, Alex de Leon put the Warriors on the board.


Senior center back, Jake Joseph, played a long ball to Alex, and got a fortunate bounce past the Pirates' defender.  Alex took over from there, using his speed to beat the three Piedmont Hills defenders before chipping the ball over the sliding 'keeper. 1-0 VC.


Video of the goal can be seen here.


About seven minutes later, the Warriors' strike force connected again.  Trevor Plug, coming off a hat trick against Westmont, buried his 5th of the season on a great ball from de Leon. 2-0 VC.


Video of the goal can be seen here.


The rest of the game went well as the Warriors shutout a very good Piedmont Hills team.  Austin Mansker was only forced to make 3 saves. 


This represents a significant change from last season according to coach John Basanese.


"Last year we relied on Austin to make 5-6 big saves a game to keep us in it.  This year, we've made good progress in limiting the chances.  When you combine a solid defense, with the CCS' best goalkeeper, we're tough to break down," Basanese said.


"The work that Gizzi, Berding, Jake, and Danny have done back there is nothing short of phenomenal.  Defenders don't usually show up in the newspaper, but these guys have been the key to our season to this point.  We have lots to work on, but we have a lot of confidence in those guys back there," Basanese continued.


All of the reserves saw action in the game, another important piece to the season according to Basanese.


"We have three games this week against three good opponents.  Today I was able to give the starters 60 out of 80 minutes, but rest them for 20.  We have such a good bench, I'm confident making wholesale changes to get guys rest.  We don't have let downs when the reserves are out there.  I've never been able to do that here.  It's a great thing for our program," Basanese concluded.


The Warriors will host the Santa Teresa Saints on Saturday in the final tuneup before WCAL play, which starts next Thursday.  The Saints will be a tough challenge, come out and support the team on Saturday!


A five minute video highlight from the game can be seen here.  The file is large.


Game Notes: Trevor's goal was his 5th of the season, a career best.


VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: Jake Joseph (clean sheet, assist)

Valley Christian 2 0 2
Piedmont Hills 0 0 0

Scoring Summary:

Alex de Leon (Jake Joseph)

Trevor Plug (Alex de Leon)


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

Game time:  5:15pm
Weather: Perfectly clear