Above: VC arrives at Serra High School
and begins game preparations.
McLaughlin's winner paces VC
past Serra 4-0 1/7
After a tough 3-1
loss at the hands of Bellarmine this past Thursday, the Warriors
traveled to Junipero Serra to take on the Padres. The Serra
Varsity soccer team plays it's home match on a field turf field similar
to the one at VC.
Before the game, the
Warriors learned that two of their starting defenders would not be
available for the game, Chris McElhatton
and Tyler Seaman. Both players out
with injuries. The injuries gave Junior
Tyler Williamson his first Varsity start, and he took advantage of
it playing tremendously against Serra's best player.
The game would start off as
a back and forth affair with both teams having chances. Twenty
minutes in, Serra's forward got in alone with 'keeper
Ben Hansen. As he neared the six
yard box, he blasted a left footed shot that Hansen dove and parried out
of bounds. The save was incredible, and it was likely the turning point
that the Warriors needed.
Six minutes later,
Jeff Coggan took a ball through the 18
yard box beating several defenders before taking his shot. His
attempt skimmed a defender and rattled off the right post, narrowly
missing Valley's first goal.
In the thirty-fourth
minute, Ben Hansen stepped up to take a free kick from midfield.
The ball soared over the back line of Serra where an onrushing
Brad McLaughlin took his chance. Just
before being cleated by the 'keeper, Brad chipped the ball over the
goalie and into the net. His first goal of his VC career, and an
important one. 1-0.
At halftime, the Warriors
made some minor defensive adjustments before heading back out.
Just six minutes into the second half, the Warriors would double their
lead. Coggan went in alone and put a juke on the 'keeper and beat
him. As the Serra goalie slid, he reached out and grabbed Coggan's
leg. The ref pointed to the spot where VC would be awarded a Penalty
Kick. Warriors' forward Joey Stryker
stepped up and clinically finished the spot kick to the left corner.
After that goal, all that
stood between VC and a 4-0 win was one great save and two magic goals.
Just moments after Stryker
put the Warriors up 2-0, Hansen would come up with one of the most
amazing saves of the year. Serra's forward, also Ben's club teammate,
broke through the defense to find himself alone with the VC 'keeper.
Ben rushed out and took the shot off the face as he sprawled out.
"Once again, I asked Benny
to keep them out of our net, and he did. That was one of the
greatest saves of his VC career I think." coach
Basanese said afterwards.
Moments later, the Warriors
would put the game away for good. Jeff Coggan took a third straight
corner kick. The 3rd time was the charm.
David Nettemeyer rose above the
defense to nod home the corner kick. 3-0 Warriors, Nettemeyer's first
goal this season.
Just four minutes later,
David scored his second to finish off the scoring. Coggan took a
free kick from the edge of the 18 yard box. Once again, Nettemeyer
rose above the defense and headed the ball, this time into the upper
corner of the net. A sensational strike that capped off a day of
some great goals.
"It's funny, just yesterday
I was talking to David at practice. I was asking him why he didn't score
more...Well I think he answered that question!" Basanese commented.
On Nettemeyer's second
goal, Jeff Coggan recorded his 27th career assist, setting the school
record for assists. Incidentally, the previous record holder was
Jimmy Coggan, Jeff's older brother who starred at VC and now ply's his
trade for Seattle Pacific University.
The Warriors will travel
next to Archbishop Riordan this coming Tuesday.
vcsoccer.com man of the match: David Nettemeyer (2 goals)
McLaughlin (Hansen) '34
Stryker (Penalty) '46
Nettemeyer (Coggan) '50
Nettemeyer (Coggan) '54
VC Starting Lineup: Hansen,
Zvolanek, Williamson, Mark, Nettemeyer, Field, Keeling, Coggan, Osuna,
Weather: Clear then rain