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Keeling's first beats Serra 1/29

Valley Christian 1, Junipero Serra 0

The Valley Christian boys varsity soccer team traveled to San Mateo, CA to face the Serra Padres on Saturday.  Yet another must win situation, Valley would look to avenge a 3-3 tie without the WCAL's leading scorer Jeff Coggan.

It was a beautiful day for soccer, about 68 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. The Serra field has the same turf as VC, so the stage was set for this high paced rematch.

The game started off fairly evenly with VC's senior captain Garrett Ruiz marking Serra's star player, Jay Singh. Garrett played Jay perfectly and held him to only a few touches in the first half. Not many scoring chances for either team, and the score stood at 0-0.

In the second half, the sense of urgency finally began to show in the Warriors offense.  Again, pushing 3 forwards up helped VC take the lead.

Joey Stryker, whose cat used Austin Keeling's soccer bag as a litter box the night before, played Keeling a ball around the top of the 18 yard box.  Austin dribbled around 3 defenders before finding an opening. His shot was low and hard from 20 yards into the far post side netting. 1-0.

The rest of the game would stay evenly matched, with star GK Ben Hansen making several key saves down the stretch. The Warriors would hang onto this one to keep pace with Mitty and St. Ignatius who both won today.

The VC varsity will travel to Riordan on Tuesday to close out the regular season.  If the Warriors win the match, they will finish with a .500 record and qualify for application to the CCS playoffs.

Around the league:

S.I. 1 - Bell 0

Mitty 4 - SHC 0

SF over Riordan

Game notes: For Austin Keeling, that was his first ever goal in a Valley Christian jersey.

vcsoccer.com man of the match: Austin Keeling

Valley Christian 0 1 1
Serra 0 0 0

Scoring summary:

Keeling (Stryker) '66

VC Starting Lineup: Hansen, Corry, Ruiz, McElhatton, Bales, Zambataro, Stryker, Strate, Keeling, Osuna, Smith

Weather: Sunny 68, perfect