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Hansen's 25th shutout, and Coggan's 25th assist too much for ST.  12/5

The Warriors, played today, for the third straight playable day.  Having endured a physical, tough loss to Woodside Saturday, VC looked to rebound against a skilled Santa Teresa side.

The weather was about as perfect as it can be for a soccer match.  Not a hint of wind, no clouds, and a 63 degree game time temperature.  A perfect scene for the last tune-up ahead of Thursday's WCAL opener at St. Francis.

The game started off with the Warriors dominating play.  Jeff Coggan made quick work of the Saints' defenders over and over again.  Coggan paired with Austin Keeling in the center proved to be a combination that the ST players could not handle.

Valley Christian started the scoring in the 22nd minute with a 'Goal of the Year' candidate by Keeling.  Coggan found Austin open around 25 yards out.  Keeling took a few dribbles and fired an absolute rocket off the right post and into the back of the net.  The shot looked like the 'fiery dart,' an elusive shot that some of the offensive players work on in practice.

"That was a great hit" head coach Aleks Vranicic said afterwards.

For the Senior captain, it was his third goal of the young season.

The Warriors broke through again in the 33rd minute. Coggan juked several defenders and fired a shot that was barely saved by the ST keeper.  The rebound fell to senior forward Joey Stryker who put the ball away with his head, 2-0.

Halftime ended with VC up 2-0, and it could've been 5-0 if not for some great saves by the ST keeper, who had a great day in goal.

The second half was mostly the same.  As the Saints grew frustrated, they began to foul.  In all, 3 yellow cards were given out...all to ST players.  One player was shown red for a flagrant foul on Keeling just outside the area, it was his second yellow.

The good attitudes paid off for the Warriors when Sophomore striker Christian de Leon was steamrolled by two defenders after a great hustle play to get alone with the 'keeper. Penalty.

Coggan stepped up to the ball and placed the ball perfectly inside the left post. 3-0.

Several more chances would come the Warriors way. Both Brad McLaughlin, and Keegan Garrison had near misses near the end of the game.

Quietly, star 'keeper Ben Hansen recorded the 25th shutout of his career.  On the night he had 6 saves, and his distribution was flawless.

"We played well today.  Santa Teresa is a solid team, they have some great players.  The kids know nothing is easy, and today they put this one away.  It's a good win for us" concluded coach John Basanese.

The thoughts and prayers of the VC Soccer community go out to starting forward Nathan Goldsmith who was unable to join the team today after suffering a concussion in Saturday's game.  Chris McElhatton also was forced to sit out with an injury.  Both players are valuable and are expected back soon.

Game Notes: Coggan's two assists give him 25 in his career. The shutout is Ben Hansen's 25th.

vcsoccer.com man of the match: Austin Keeling (1g)

Santa Teresa 0 0 0
Valley Christian 2 1 3

Scoring summary:

Keeling (Coggan) '22

Stryker (Coggan) '33

Coggan (Penalty) '70

VC Starting Lineup: Hansen, Zvolanek, Seaman, Mark, Nettemeyer, Pereira, Keeling, Coggan, Osuna, de Leon, Stryker

Weather: Perfectly sunny, 63 degrees.