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VC Defeats Riordan At Skyline College 1/26

After a last minute change of venue for this past weekend's game, the Warriors travelled to Skyline College to take on Archbishop Riordan.  Transportation to the game was tricky, but thanks to great support from the school, and heroic efforts from the Walitsch family, everything worked out.


"We're just very lucky to have families in our program who are willing to help out wherever they can.  This week it was the Walitsch family driving kids all the way to Skyline.  We are very lucky to have great people surrounding us at this school," coach Basanese said.


The team arrived just on time, and found the weather at Skyline to be perfect.  Overcast, but no wind, and no rain!


After watching the second half of the JV match (tied 1-1), the Warriors took the field dressed in Navy blue.


The game started off with VC pressuring the Riordan backline, but they were unable to find the net.  Riordan was well organized, and did a good job of looking for counter attack opportunities, something coach Basanese expected.


"Riordan scored on us last time we played, plus they scored on Bellarmine, and Mitty.  We knew they would counter attack, and luckily Austin (Mansker) made a couple of key saves throughout the game to keep them off the board."


At the end of the first half, the score was tied at 0.


The second half saw a much more energetic VC team take the field.  The Warriors played in Riordan's end for much of the period, and eventually broke through 5 minutes into the half.


Leading scorer, Alex de Leon, took a pass about 25 yards out and quickly found Joseph Rosa-Diniz.  Joseph played a first time pass back to de Leon who calmly played it past the onrushing Riordan 'keeper. 1-0 VC.


Video of the goal is here.


About ten minutes later, the Warriors would add a second goal when Joseph played a perfect square pass to Jake Joseph.  Jake took an inside out touch, and fired an upper-v shot that screamed past the Riordan goalkeeper, who had played the shot well.


Video of Jake's goal is here.


"That was an amazing goal.  In person, I was impressed, but when I saw the video it blew me away.  That may be one of the top goals we've had in the past few years.  It's probably in the top 3." Basanese said.


"The best part of both goals were that they were things we've been working on.  Jake's goal looked exactly like a drill we run during positional vitamins at practice each day.  And with Alex's goal, I've been asking him to mix up dribbling and passing a little more.  He moved off the ball just like I want, and Joe put it right on his foot.  Two great goals." Basanese concluded.


Valley Christian goalkeeper, Austin Mansker, kept Riordan off the scoreboard to record his second WCAL shutout of the season. Though he wasn't challenged many times, a crazy foot-save in the waning minutes of the game iced the game for VC.


Video of the save is here.  Drag the slider to watch it in slow motion as it hits Austin's foot.


"We were getting playing time for some players who really deserved it, and if they had scored there, it would've really changed things.  Austin makes those saves look routine, but that was pretty incredible," Coach Donny Fugate said.


The game ended 2-0, and after a lunch stop at Alotta's Deli in Los Altos, the Warriors returned home.


The next game is Tuesday the 29th against 2nd place St. Francis at Valley Christian.  The game will be hard fought, with pride on the line.


"It's senior day, it's at our home field, and we lost to St. Francis earlier in the year.  They've become a really strong program over the past few years, and I feel like they're one of the best teams in CCS.  That said, I really believe our kids will give it everything they have.  I'm excited for the WCAL finale." Basanese said.


Thank you to our great parents for taking photos at the game, they can be seen here.


Stay tuned to the website for details on Tuesday's game.


Game Notes: Alex de Leon's goal was his 9th of the season, and 12th of his young career...this places him in 7th place on the VC All-Time Scoring list, moving him past Ryan Corry ('05), and into a tie with Joey Stryker.


VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: Joseph Rosa-Diniz (setup both goals)

Valley Christian 0 2 2
Archbishop Riordan 0 0 0


VC Scoring Summary:

Alex de Leon (Rosa-Diniz) '45

Jake Joseph (Rosa-Diniz) '55

VC Starting Lineup: Mansker, Walitsch, Seaman, Cardoza, Reyes, Rosa-Diniz, Tarangioli, Joseph, Plug, Fahmy, Alex de Leon

Game time:  12 noon
Weather: Cloudy, 53 degrees