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VC Survives Strange Game, Defeats Sacred Heart 1/19

The Warriors travelled to the University of San Francisco (USF) to take on Sacred Heart Cathedral in another difficult WCAL game.  The weather was just about as perfect as you'll see in San Francisco, and the field was great as always.


VC, who entered the game 2-1-1 in their last four games welcomed back Austin Mankser, and Kevin Tarangioli to the lineup after they both missed the previous game (loss to Mitty).


The game started off fairly even with Sacred Heart having a few early chances.  The game was fast paced and entertaining with both teams sharing possession.  At the end of the first half, the score was 0-0.


The second half would turn out to be far from normal.


In the 48th minute, VC would break the deadlock with a nice goal by Nick Reyes.  George Fahmy took a throw-in from the sideline that found it's way to Reyes.  Nick used the inside of his right foot to blast the ball into the net, 1-0 VC.


See video of the goal here.


About 10 minutes later, Jake Joseph would hit a breathtaking free-kick into the upper-V, making it 2-0.  Coach Basanese hopes that the goal was a sign of more to come.


"Jake has a great shot, and we're starting to see it produce some goals.  He's playing fantastic for us right now, and he's a big reason for the hot streak.  When he plays well, we do too." Basanese said.


See video of Jake's goal here.


From about this point on, things got strange. 


Shortly after the goal, the Warriors were called for an 'illegal pass' to the goalkeeper.  In soccer, a player can't intentionally pass a ball to the goalkeeper for him to play with his hands.  In this case, however, Nick Reyes attempted to clear the ball with the outside of his right foot, but misplayed it 20 yards back to Mansker.  Austin picked the ball up, and was called for the illegal pass.  It resulted in an indirect kick a mere 12 yards from the goal.


See the video of the 'illegal pass' here.


Sacred Heart finished the opportunity when their free-kick caromed off Blake Cardoza's back, and into the net.  Unlucky break for VC, but Basanese thought it was more than that.


"To me, Nick obviously didn't purposely play the ball to Austin.  If you watch the video, he mishit the ball with the outside of his foot.  Give Sacred Heart credit though, they made it count.  That was pretty frustrating for me to watch."


See the video of the goal here.


A few minutes later, Sacred Heart was awarded a penalty kick, one that was well deserved, when Cardoza brought down the SHC player in the box.  The kick was buried, and the score tied 2-2.


See the penalty kick here.


With about 10 minutes to play, and the game tied, Alex de Leon was given a free-kick from about 25 yards out on a mysterious call.  It appeared that Alex fouled the SHC player, but instead VC was given the opportunity.  Alex stepped up and fired home the winner, with help from Joseph Rosa-Diniz who dummied the ball before it went past the 'keeper. 3-2 VC.


See the video of the goal here.


Moments later, the Warriors had a chance to make the game 4-2 when Jake Joseph played a fantastic through ball to Alex de Leon.  Alex got in alone behind the SHC defense and as he was about to shoot, the defender brought him down in the box.  The linesman's flag was up, but no whistle.  Play on...


See the video here.


All told, there was just several strange calls going both ways, but ultimately the game ended up in favor of VC 3-2.  The Warriors are now 3-1-1 in their last five games leading up to a clash with Bellarmine on Tuesday. 


Stay tuned to the website for the recap.


Game Quotes:

Coach Basanese, On the Referees.

"That was a pretty poorly officiated game, but thankfully the mistakes were favoring both teams.  It's just one of those things you are never really ready for."


Coach Basanese on the VC goals:

"I was happy for Nick's goal.  I felt like that changed the momentum a little bit.  Sacred Heart is a well organized, well coached team, and to go up on them really helped our confidence.  It came at a great time for us."


Coach Basanese on the matchup with Sacred Heart:

"I continue to be impressed with that team.  They have some really quick guys, and have definitely bought into Jeff Wilson's system."


Tyler Seaman on his return from injury:

"I'm feeling much better.  It's good to be back with John and Blake in the defense."


Tyler Seaman on the game today:

"It was a well fought match where our character was definitely tested.  We held our composure, and we never really gave up."


Jake Joseph on his goal:

"It was setup nicely by George getting us the foul at the top of the 18.  I saw that the near post was open so I just tried to place it."


Jake Joseph on the resurgence of the team:

"We're playing with heart, and playing for each other."


George Fahmy on the difference between the two halves:

"The first half, we were focusing more on not conceding any early goals.  In the second half, we started putting balls over the top a bit more, and that worked well for us.  I was happy with our defense for holding onto the win for us."


George Fahmy on what the win means to the team:

"The first time we played Sacred Heart, we lost 5-2, and I think that woke us up a little bit.  Lately, we've been playing well and really feel like we can compete with anyone."


VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: Jake Joseph (1g)

Valley Christian 0 3 3
Sacred Heart Cathedral 0 2 2


VC Scoring Summary:

Nick Reyes (Fahmy)

Jake Joseph (UA)

Alex de Leon (UA)

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

Game time:  11am
Weather: Perfectly Sunny, 58 degrees