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Justin Cordeiro


Warriors Defeat Santa Cruz for the First Time 12/1

The Valley Christian boys varsity soccer program traveled to Oak Grove High School, on Saturday, to take on CCS power Santa Cruz.  The game was the 3rd match for VC in the Homestead Christmas Cup. Needing a win to keep the hopes of advancing out of pool play alive (something VC has never done), the Warriors showed up ready to play.

After warmups, the game began.  The Warriors were fortunate to get two players back from illness in time for the game, freshman Justin Cordeiro, and Joseph Rosa-Diniz. 

The game was fast paced right from the beginning, and about 10 minutes in Santa Cruz struck first.  After a corner kick, the ball was bouncing around in the box, and Santa Cruz pounced on the opportunity from short range, 1-0.

The Warriors took the wake-up call and answered back on another stunning combination goal by Alex de Leon. 

George Fahmy received a ball out wide and beat his defender.  George looked up and fired a 30 yard switching ball across to de Leon.  Alex took the ball with his left, and fired a second touch shot from 24 yards that found the far post side netting. 1-1.


See the video here.

"I appreciate goals like that." coach John Basanese said.  "George did well to find Alex over there.  His pass was right on the money, and Alex knows what to do with that.  At that point in the game, we really needed to equalize, so that was big for us."

A few minutes later, Alex would add his second of the game on a breakaway.  Danny Hittler played a nice ball through that cleared the Santa Cruz defense where de Leon was lurking.  Alex took the ball in stride, beat the onrushing keeper, and slotted the ball into the net. 2-1 VC.

See the video here.

The Warriors would add to the lead when de Leon was taken down in the box as he ran through the 18 with the ball.  The ref wasted no time in pointing to the spot for an obvious penalty kick.

Freshman Justin Cordeiro stepped up and placed the ball into the net clinically.  However, the ref had not blown the whistle, so the kick had to be taken again.  This time Kevin Tarangioli stepped up and finished it nicely. 

Justin's PK can be seen here.

Kevin's PK can be seen here.

Coach Basanese explained that the goalkeeper would have an advantage if Justin hit the second PK.

"For one, I'm a believer in situations like this that the same guy doesn't take the second kick.  The goalkeeper knows where he wanted to go since he went there the first time.  So either Justin has to switch what he's used to, which is usually a bad idea, or go to the same place and the 'keeper might be anticipating that.  Secondly, I don't want that kind of pressure on a freshman in such a big game, not even one as talented as Justin."

The penalty made the score 3-1, and that was the score at halftime.

After a halftime speech from the VC coaches that pleaded with the Warriors to not concede a goal, the worst case happened.

Santa Cruz found the net twice.  The first was a brilliant finish on a slot pass, and the second goal was a bit lucky.  Regardless, the score was now tied 3-3. 

The Warriors would not go away, however, and sophomore Alex de Leon carried the team with his second consecutive hat-trick.  Joseph won the ball near midfield and fed Alex in stride.  Alex took the ball, beat his defender and dribbled towards the sweeper.  A quick burst of speed sent him flying by the last man and in alone with the 'keeper.  A confident chip beat the Santa Cruz keeper, who got a hand on the ball, and staked VC to a 4-3 lead with 10 minutes to play.


Video of the goal can be seen here.

"There are not a lot of players with the ability to score that way.  If it's me, I go low and near post.  But Alex is playing confident right now, and he got it done.  Another incredible finish, and more importantly, a game winner for us," Basanese said.

Valley successfully defended the lead, and for the first time in school history, defeated Santa Cruz.  The win brings the season record to 2-2, and gives VC a great chance of advancing out of group play for the first time ever.

"Again, the game was a little sloppy for my taste.  We now have 5 days of practice to prepare for the league opener against SI on Saturday.  I'm looking forward to 5 sessions where we work out the kinks.  Defensively, we can't keep giving up 3 goals a game.  We need to be better.  That said, I'm pleased with the character that was showed by coming from behind, and putting this team away.  It's an important win for us," Basanese concluded.

The Warriors will host SI on Saturday at 11am, come out and support VC!


The pictures from the game were taken by John Basanese Sr.  They turned out great, and can be found here.


Special thanks to Amy Thomas and Cheryle Lee (team managers) for capturing the game on video.  You two did a great job!!


Game Notes: For Alex de Leon, his 3 goals gives him 6 on the young season.  It's also the first time in VC history (recorded) that a Warrior has scored back to back hat-tricks...Kevin Tarangioli's goal was the first of his Varsity career.


VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: Alex de Leon (3g)

Santa Cruz 1 2 3
Valley Christian 3 1 4


VC Scoring:

Alex de Leon (Fahmy)
Alex de Leon (Hittler)
Tarangioli (Penal)
Alex de Leon (Rosa-Diniz)

VC Starting Lineup: Mansker, Walitsch, Ruiz, Cardoza, Nelson, Tarangioli, Joseph, Mueller, Rothenberg, Alex de Leon, Fahmy

Game time:  4:00 pm
Weather:  Cloudy, 55 degrees