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Sacred Heart Tops VC 12/15

The Warriors hosted Sacred Heart Cathedral, Saturday, for their 4th game in 7 days.  This league contest is a battle every year, and this year would definitely live up to the billing.


The Warriors entered the match missing goalkeeper Austin Mansker who missed the match for personal reasons.  This meant that VC would have sophomore, starting marking back, Danny Hittler between the posts.  Though Danny played well, the move was not ideal for a struggling Warrior defense.


"It's tough.  Danny has been playing great defense for us this year, and to pull him out and put him in a position that he doesn't really play, was not ideal.  Especially in an important league game," Coach Basanese said.


The Irish would capitalize in the first 10 minutes with a solid finish on a cross from the end line.  The outside mid played a left footed cross that found the head of an onrushing Irish forward. 1-0 SHC.


A few minutes later, the Irish scored again on a 20 yard shot that caught Hittler off guard. 2-0.


The game would go to the half that way.


The Warriors came out a little more upbeat in the second half challenging the backline of SHC.  However, the Irish were able to add two more goals before VC broke through.


With the Irish leading 4-0, sophomore Alex de Leon tallied his 7th of the season on a fantastic individual effort.  Sophomore defender, Kyle Grayson, found Alex near the corner.  Alex gathered the ball and began dribbling parallel to the end line before cracking a shot that screamed past the 'keeper and into the far post side netting. 4-1.


"Another highlight reel type goal from Alex, fantastic finish.  Unfortunately, at that point it was a little too late, and the damage was done defensively," Basanese said.


A few minutes later, George Fahmy buried a cross from Jeff Mueller to bring the Warriors within 2, with 10 minutes to play. 4-2.


"I though George played well today, the goal was well deserved.  We were a bit unlucky to not have a few more, but give credit to Sacred Heart, they were well organized," Basanese said.


The Irish would add another goal near the end of the game on a set piece, and it would end 5-2 in favor of Sacred Heart. 


Coach Basanese recapped what was a frustrating day for Valley Christian.


"We knew they would be a solid team.  They are very well coached, and the kids over at Sacred Heart played well.  You simply can't concede 5 goals and win games.  Danny played well in the goal given the circumstances, but give SHC credit for finishing their chances.  I was very impressed with that team."


"As for us, we'll get back at it.  We're a team that's due at this point.  We have a young team, but the coaching staff really believes in the guys we have.  We'll get Austin back for Gilroy, and give them everything we have.  Don't count us out yet."  Basanese concluded.


The Warriors, again have no time to pout.  They will travel to Gilroy to take on CCS division I defending champion Gilroy High on Monday night at 6:30 pm.  This game is for the round of 16 in the Homestead Christmas Cup.


Photos from the game will be posted soon, along with any video highlights.


Game Notes: For Kyle Grayson, and Jeff Mueller, these were the first points of their VC varsity careers.



VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: George Fahmy (1g)

Sacred Heart Cathedral 2 3 5
Valley Christian 0 2 2


VC Scoring:

Alex de Leon (Kyle Grayson)

George Fahmy (Jeff Mueller)

VC Starting Lineup: Hittler, Walitsch, Ruiz, Cardoza, Tarangioli, Joseph, Reyes, Christian de Leon, Fahmy, Rosa-Diniz, Alex de Leon

Game time:  11 am
Weather: Perfectly sunny 61 degrees