Despite Strong Effort, VC Loses to Bellarmine 12/12
The Valley Christian soccer team traveled
to Bellarmine to take on the perennial CCS powerhouse Bells.
Though rain had soaked the bay area all morning, the weather began to
clear as the team arrived. Bellarmine's brand new field turf
soccer field was in perfect shape for the match.
The Warriors, looking for their first ever
win against Bellarmine, started off the game slowly. The Bells
came at VC with constant pressure, forcing freshman goalkeeper
Austin Mansker to make 9 first half
"I'll tell you what, that was quite a half
by Austin. Some of those saves were pretty difficult, and he made
them look easy," Coach Basanese
Bellarmine showed the disciplined style
that VC has fallen victim to in all previous meetings, peppering the VC
goal. However, the teams went to halftime tied at 0-0.
After halftime, things seemed to change for
VC. The players came out in the second half with renewed energy.
The defense continued to keep the ball away from Mansker, limiting the
Bellarmine chances to long range shots.
In the 64th minute, the Warriors nearly
broke the deadlock. Nathan Goldsmith
took a free kick from about 40 yards out that found the head of freshman
forward Alex de Leon. Alex's
header had the 'keeper beat, but sailed just over the upper corner of
"That was a tough break. From where I
was standing, it looked like it'd go into the upper corner. Alex
did a great job of getting his head on that ball. He's a young
player, but he really plays big for us." Basanese said.
With the game nearing the end, and the
score still stuck at 0-0, the Bells turned up the heat.
Eventually, with 8 minutes to play they broke through.
A nice cross was partially cleared when a
Bellarmine player hit a 'first-time' laser into the upper left corner.
"No goalkeeper would've stopped that shot,"
said Coach Fugate following the
After that, the Bells would ride the
momentum to two more goals and the game would end 3-0.
At the end of the game, coach Basanese
summed it up.
"On paper, it's one of our better showing
against Bellarmine. To be level with a team like that until the
last 10 minutes is a great accomplishment. Clearly, there are
things to work on after this game, but there are some good positives."
"I asked the kids to not concede an early
goal, and I asked for complete effort. I got both today, and I'm
proud of the way we played."
"My hat's off to Bellarmine, that's a
phenomenal program over there. They have great coaches who do a
fantastic job with that team. They truly have solid players top to
"Now it's up to us to bounce back from
this, and prepare for Serra on Saturday. That's going to be a very
The game against Serra will be @ Serra in
San Mateo at 11:00 am. Please come out to support the team as they
look to push their record in league to 3-1 before the break.
Special thanks to Award Winning
Photographer John Basanese Sr. for taking photos at the game.
photos can be found here.
vcsoccer.com man of the match: Austin Mansker (15 saves)
VC Starting Lineup: Mansker, Goldsmith,
Seaman, Field, Joseph, Tarangioli, Walitsch, Garrison, Mark,
Weather: Calm, wet.