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McLaughlin saves the day in season opener. 11/26

It doesn't matter how many players the Warriors are missing, these games count.  At the end of the season, when CCS points are tallied, there is a great chance that this game will stand out. The Warriors have one man to thank for the 0-0 result, Brad McLaughlin.

Though the Warriors looked to be the stronger team throughout parts of the game, the play was dominated by Los Gatos.  The Wildcats constantly pressured the VC goal, only to be turned away by a jumping, diving, punching 'keeper.

"While I was warming Brad up this morning, I told him that we're likely going to need a shutout today.  He told me he would try, and he did it.  Today this is a boring 0-0 tie, but at the end of the season, this could be the difference of a CCS team...or not" Coach Basanese stated after the game.

McLaughlin is in his second season for the Warriors' varsity side.  A utility player who plays 'keeper while Ben Hansen kicks for the football team, Brad has proven to be a very valuable player.

Several players saw their first varsity action including Tyler Seaman, John Walitsch, Keegan Garrison, Jordan Pereira, and Christian de Leon...most of them played the entire game.

Christian nearly gave the Warriors the lead at the end of the first half.  After a great hustle play found him alone with the 'keeper, the young striker's shot went just above the crossbar.

The Warriors' defense played quite well, doing whatever it could to keep the LG forwards at bay. Strong play by Tyler Seaman, and Ross Mark anchored a backline that was missing two of it's starters.

At the end of the day, though, it was the VC 'keeper McLaughlin stopping 3 point blank shots in extra time that kept the game level. 

On the final play of the game, a Los Gatos player dribbled straight towards the goal and got a free shot on net.  An onrushing McLaughlin went down and narrowly deflected the shot wide.  Moments after the save, the final whistle blew.

Overall, a very poor performance from a VC team that only had 15 players show up to play.  The team will look to rebound this coming Thursday when it takes on Homestead at home.

vcsoccer.com man of the match: Brad McLaughlin (clean sheet)

Valley Christian 0 0 0
Los Gatos 0 0 0

Scoring summary:


VC Starting Lineup: McLaughlin, Seaman, Mark, Nettemeyer, Pereira, Field, Walitsch, Osuna, Keeling, Goldsmith, de Leon

Weather: Perfectly sunny but cold, 55 degrees.