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Make it two straight, varsity boys beat S.I. 1/15

Valley Christian 2, St. Ignatius 1

At the start of this season, the St. Ignatius Wildcats were ranked in the Nation's top 25. A big, physical, skilled team...S.I. always gives the Warriors a tough game.  On a day perfect for soccer, the Valley Christian boys were looking to do better than their 0-0 tie earlier in the season.

The game started with good back and forth action. Jeff Cosgriff, S.I.'s star player was guarded by Garrett Ruiz. Cosgriff who recently joined the U-17 US National Team, broke through in the 12th minute.  After some confusion on the back line, Cosgriff lifted a soft chip over oncoming Ben Hansen's head. The goal staked the Wildcats to a 1-0 lead that held until just before halftime.

As the whistle neared, the Warriors started an attack with Andrew Smith carrying the ball down field. Smith found Cole Bales around 35 yards out. Cole hit a shot that screamed into the right upper V and into the goal. For Bales, it was his second goal of the year, and his first in WCAL. 

"That was a great shot. Reminds me of when Jimmy Coggan had that one against Homestead in the first ever game Aleks and I coached at VC" commented VC assistant coach John Basanese.

Above: Cole Bales strikes to tie the game 1-1

As the second half started, the VC Warriors continued to have the momentum. Several chances on each side were turned away by the 'keepers. The game was fairly back and forth until VC broke through again in the 66th.

Chase Harrell played a nice combination with Andrew Smith and ended up playing a square pass to Jeff Coggan. Coggan took the ball and as he beat his defender was fouled in the box, penalty. Jeff stepped up and beat the goalie to the left side. 2-1.

The game would continue to be high paced with S.I. threatening several times. Ruiz held Cosgriff in check the rest of the game with only minimal threat.

The VC coaches have learned to count on Joey Stryker and Austin Keeling for exceptional play, and today was no different. The two were constantly on and around the ball and challenging for headers.

Overall a well played, clean match that could've gone either way. The Warriors move above .500 in league now with a 3-2-3 record and will look to improve on that vs. Serra on Tuesday. Don't miss it!

Note: That game was the 20th victory for Aleks, John, and Donny in the WCAL...Also the 20th WCAL victory for the school.

For finished photos from the game click here.

For all of the photos from the game (over 80) click here.

vcsoccer.com man of the match: Cole Bales, 1g

St. Ignatius 1 0 1
Valley Christian 1 1 2

Scoring summary:

Bales (Smith) '38

Coggan (PK) '66

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

Weather: Partly cloudy  60 degrees