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Austin Mansker


Sunnyside Travels From Fresno, Beats VC 12/20

The Warriors hosted Sunnyside High School, from Fresno, for the second time in 6 years today.  Sunnyside traveled from Fresno, and arrived at VC about an hour before kickoff.  The Warriors, coming off a 3-0 loss to CCS #2 Gilroy, were looking to get a win before the holiday break.

The game started off decently for VC until the 6th minute.  A Sunnyside player played a ball that found it's way through two Warrior defenders right to the foot of a a striker who redirected it past Austin Mansker, 1-0 Sunnyside.


You can see the video here.

From that point on the Warriors would trade chances with Sunnyside, with one goal called back on a questionable offsides call (see it here) The Sunnyside back-line did a good job of keeping the VC forwards off balanced, said Coach Basanese.

"They were pretty aggressive with their offside trap.  That's one of those things that either really works for you, or really works against you.  If we do a little better job of adjusting up top, we probably would've had 3 goals in each half.  Give credit to Sunnyside, it worked for them today."

VC conceded a penalty kick late in the first half, but the Sunnyside player's shot was wide right.  See the penalty kick here. The game would go into halftime in favor of Sunnyside, 1-0.

The second half saw VC dominate play, save for a few Sunnyside counter attacks.  The play was mostly in VC's offensive end with George Fahmy and Alex de Leon having near misses.

"To be honest, these kind of days happen.  It was great to see Alex and George working well together.  We have to finish our chances, and we didn't do that today.  I thought our forwards played very dynamic games, we just didn't have the final touch," Basanese said.

Mansker made several key saves to keep the score at 1-0, something that has been commonplace since his freshman year last year.

"He makes the tough saves look easy, and he makes impossible saves that no other goalkeeper in CCS would make.  The scary thing is that he does it consistently.  If we can stop our defensive breakdowns, we'll start winning games," Coach Donny Fugate said.

Sunnyside would score in injury time to make the final 2-0.

The Warriors will spend the Christmas break preparing for WCAL play to resume.  They will take on the CCS' top team, Bellarmine.  The Bells are also the top team in the Western US according to studentsports.com.  Needless to say, VC has it's work cut out for them.  The game will be at VC on the 3rd of January.

Special thanks to Amy Thomas and Cheryl Lee for taking video of the game, and John Basanese Sr. for his great pictures, which can be found here.


VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: Austin Mansker (8 saves)

Sunnyside (Fresno) 1 1 2
Valley Christian 0 0 0

VC Starting Lineup: Mansker, Walitsch, Cardoza, Hittler, Cordeiro, Tarangioli, Reyes, Nelson, Christian de Leon, Fahmy, Plug

Game time:  2pm
Weather: Sunny and windy. 62 degrees