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Above: Sweeper Nathan Goldsmith prepares for Saturday's game vs Sacred Heart Cathedral.

VC Travels to San Francisco to Beat SHC 1/21

The day got off to a rocky start. Rain met the Warriors as they left the school on the bus, and the bus got lost on the way to USF. Brad McLaughlin had to apologize for his 'hairdo' for the second time this season. See below:

That was about all that went wrong though, as the Warriors boy’s varsity thumped the Sacred Heart Cathedral Irish.

Star ‘keeper, Ben Hansen asked Laurelyn to the Winter Banquet on the way to the game. He delivered a rose and popped the question. Thankfully, Laurelyn said yes. Hansen had this to say.

“I was really happy that she said yes. I think we’ll have a great time together.” Hansen said , beaming.

The game started off in classy fashion with a goal in the 9th minute.

Joey Stryker headed the ball to Austin Keeling. Keeling played a through ball over the top to Jeff Coggan. Jeff brought the ball down between two defenders and deposited it past the diving ‘keeper. 1-0 VC.

Just minutes later, the Warriors struck again. Ryan Favre one touched the ball to a streaking Stryker who collected the ball and struck it into the far left side netting. 2-0 Warriors.

“I knew I had to finish that one since I was all alone. That ball from Ryan just came to my feet, it was perfect.” Stryker said on the bus afterwards.

When asked what he’s ordering from Alotta’s (the team's restaurant of choice on rides home from SF), Joey said “Turkey and Cheese sandwich.”

The half would end that way, with the Warriors all over SHC.

The second half was more of the same. The Warrior’s defense kept the Irish at bay, never having to defend a solid shot.

A near miss by Keeling would’ve put the Warriors up 3-0. Austin passed the ball near the top of the box to a posted up Jeff Coggan. Coggan laid the ball off and Keeling unleashed a ‘fiery dart.’ The ball hit the outside of the post, and the game would stay 2-0.

“I told Joey, right when I saw that ball…I said, ‘I’m gonna kill it!’ but it just went wide” Keeling said of his shot.

The Valley Christian defense was great once again.  John Field was repeatedly assaulted on the left, but did a great job preventing SHC from scoring.  Keegan Garrison played his best game of the season, and solid play from the entire back line helped VC to post it's 5th WCAL shutout of the season.

For VC, the win makes them 6-7-3 overall, and 4-5-2 in WCAL play. With three games remaining, the team must win 2 to qualify for a shot at a CCS berth.

Coach Basanese commented on the game's significance afterwards.

"We need two more wins, and we have three more games.  I was very proud of the guys today.  Sacred Heart is a good team that plays with a lot of heart.  They've gotten results against the top teams in our league.  To come to SF in the rain, and leave with a resounding 'W,'  I'm very pleased."

Up next, Bellarmine at Bellarmine.

Game Notes: Benjamin Hansen posted the 30th shutout of his illustrious career...Jeff Coggan overtook his brother Jimmy Coggan for second place on the career WCAL goals list.  JV Coach Ronald Jenkins is #1 with 19 league goals, while Jeff has 17 after today....Joey Stryker scored his 10th career goal.

vcsoccer.com man of the match: Keegan Garrison

Valley Christian 2 0 2
SHC 0 0 0

Coggan (Keeling) 9’
Stryker (Favre) 12’

VC Starting Lineup: Hansen, Garrison, Favre, Mark, Nettemeyer, Field, Keeling, Coggan, Osuna, Goldsmith, Stryker

Weather: Overcast 58 degrees, wet