Warriors senior Joey Stryker
Season Preview: 2005-2006 Warriors
After a third straight CCS
appearance, the boys program graduated 8 seniors! This off-season
was a very busy one for the Valley Christian soccer program, and the
05-06 season is shaping up to be exciting as well.
Several exciting things
happened this off-season, here are the highlights:
Schools struck a deal with the San Jose Earthquakes to host 5
reserve league games. These games brought several of Major League
Soccer's best players up to the VC campus. The 'Quakes selected VC
over many potential sites, and the games went flawlessly. A few of
the games had crowds of over 400 people. Brian Ching, Preki,
and Eddie Johnson played on the same pitch the VC players do!
Head Coach Aleks Vranicic held the
Valley Christian Soccer camp in June. His camp was very successful.
Asst. Coach, John Basanese
(Along with several Earthquakes players) was an instructor at two
Mulrooney Soccer Academy camps...both held up at Valley Christian.
Close to 100 kids attended these camps.
Soccer net! An
extremely tall net has been installed behind the far goal on the VC
soccer field. This should prevent any ball from going into the
neighbor's yard, saving us lots of balls and money!
The team returns 12 players
from last year's CCS team. Of the 12 remaining players, there will be 9
Seniors this year along with 3 Juniors. A strong JV team from last year
will send up players to fill the rest of this years team. Here are
some brief previews for our returning players, in alphabetical order:
Jeffrey Coggan, MF #10:
One of the top players in CCS returns for his senior season. After an
off-season of top flight tournaments with his club team, Jeff will look
to lead the team back to the playoffs and add to his 20 goals and 21
assists. Jeff was a First Team All WCAL, and Second Team All CCS player
John Field, MF #8:
John will enter his Junior year at VC. A highly regarded left
footed player, much will be expected of him this season.
Nathan Goldsmith, MF #9:
Coming off a year-long knee injury last season, Nathan seems ready
to make an impact in his Junior season. Good size and athleticism make
him an interesting option at forward as well.
Ben Hansen, GK #22:
Widely regarded as one of CCS's top goalies, Ben will look to finish off
his VC career well. Already the owner of all significant VC goalkeeping
records, Ben will look to add another
successful season to his career that already boasts two All WCAL 2nd
Austin Keeling, MF #4:
Coming off a strong Junior season, the coaching staff is looking for
big things from Austin. Placed in a playmaker role with Coggan, Keeling
will look to setup the forwards. His incredible field vision, and great
touch will prove important in the season.
Ross Mark, MF #17: A
year after his selection to the varsity side, Ross seems poised to have
a strong year. The coaching staff will be looking for Ross to figure
into the lineup either as a starter or coming off the bench.
Chris McElhatton, D #18:
A year ago Chris had the luxury of being a relative unknown...After
last year, having one of the more surprisingly strong years in recent
history, the expectations are high. Chris is a natural leader who will
use his top notch fitness, and improved ball skills to anchor the VC
Brad McLaughlin, GK/D
#16: Entering his senior year, Brad will hold down the starting GK
spot for Hansen while he plays football. A proven versatile player and
hard worker, Brad will likely figure into the VC plans at defense once
Ben Hansen has returned.
David Nettemeyer, D #21:
David is entering his senior year with high expectations. The 6'6"
defender is vital to the VC defense. His ability to get his head on the
ball keeps many dangerous crosses from ever reaching their destination.
David started all year last season as a Junior, and will see more of the
same this year.
Peter Osuna, M #13:
Peter is one of the pivotal players for this season's team. A proven
outside midfielder, his fitness and ball skill will help him excel this
year. Osuna will remain in the starting role he filled last season with
Joey Stryker, F #3:
Perhaps one of VC's most underrated players (along with Keeling),
Stryker will look to have a breakout season on the score sheet. The team
will rely on Joey to get forward and score goals in an offense that lost
two forwards. After being selected to last season's 2nd Team All WCAL,
the expectations will be high.
David Zvolanek, M/F #20:
David will be entering his third season with the VC varsity. A spot
player in the past, the team will rely David's experience this season.
The coaching staff is looking for him to play a lot, if not start on
this year's team.
Incoming players: In
addition to the players listed above, there are several players who
played on the JV team last year who look ready to play on Varsity.
The team should be getting a large crop of strong sophomores.
VC Soccer coach Donny
Fugate had this to say about the upcoming season. "We will have at least
nine seniors this year. We are very light up top, but we can develop
forwards. I like the core of our side, we should be the type of team
that works for each other this year. More than in years past, we have
some kids with great attitudes, and ultimately I think that will fuel
our success. I'm expecting another strong year this season."
Thanks to a generous
donation, the team will have new
Adidas balls for next season.
from the San Jose Earthquakes will visit VC training sessions next
season to answer questions and hang out with the team.
New Sky Blue scrimmage
vests have been donated to the team.
The VC boys varsity
team will play at least one game under the lights, and have some
training sessions at night.
Some games during our
upcoming season will be recorded and broadcasted (radio) by Coach McElhatton's TV department.
will be posted on the web for download.
Goodbye to Coach
The Valley Christian soccer
program is saying 'goodbye' to Coach McElhatton who is unable to coach
Varsity coach John Basanese
had this to say: "Coach McElhatton has been of great value to this
program. We have seen great strides in our JV team and we will
reap the benefits of his work as early as this coming season.
While we are sad to say goodbye to a great coach, we recognize that he
has exciting opportunities as a teacher at the school. I think I speak
for everyone involved in saying Thank you Coach Mac!"
The good news is that coach
McElhatton will still be involved in the program. He will record
our games and help us realize our media goals within the program.
Stay tuned to the website
for more updates as the season approaches! Also the website will
continue to cover the progress of our Alumni playing in college!