At the end of every respective season, these types of articles hardly ever recant a tale of negativity where progress wasn’t made throughout the toils of a schedule. And mind you, this article won’t change that standard — and for good reason.
Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) soccer, regaining two boys teams after multiple years without, took the field with a lot of questions, but left it with a whole lot of answers.
Chiefly, that soccer has a bright future at the school and it was demonstrated by the play in the last three games of the season.
Middle school (1-5) began the final stretch of games on the road against Halifax Oct. 2, where William Johnson made his first mark of what will be a memorable stretch of games. Johnson gained the lead at the 20 minute mark, and goalkeeper Nick Arrington preserved it after a pivotal and impressive save just before halftime.
“Thanks to Nick’s save, at halftime, we went to the bench with a strange new feeling, that of ahead in a game,” head coach Greg DeBoer said in an email to CHA.
Halifax didn’t go the entirety of the game unnoticed, finding the goal early in the second half. But Johnson, yet again, came in clutch with another one of his goals. Of his seven total shots, six were on goal, with two scores. Arrington tallied 12 saves — none bigger than the one in the first half.
“Winning our first MS game was definitely more fun for us as a team,” DeBoer said. “But as a coach, it was even more satisfying to see the improvement in so many young players, seeing them execute tactics and plays that we have been stressing and practicing for weeks.”
Middle school finished out its season at home Oct. 4 against a strong Westover group, which took the Knights down, 9-0. The real focus of the evening was on the varsity squad (2-4-1) with it being Senior Night.
Ferguson Boone, Cameron DeBoer and David Custer were those honored, with Custer and DeBoer scoring to make the night all the more special. The Bulldogs were the ones, though, who had the recipe to win, doing so, 4-2.
The ceremonious ending to the varsity season came Oct. 8, where CHA traveled to Faith Christian to face off against another first-year soccer program.
“It was nice to share our beginning over with them,” DeBoer said.
Custer, realizing it was his last game as a varsity soccer player, played with a different level of intensity. One that resulted in five total goals that happened through a specified schema — “chipping” the ball over the Faith defense. Custer finished with five total shots — that’s a 100% percentage, for those counting. William Johnson assisted on two of those, while also having two saves in the goal.
CHA gathered its second win of the season taking out Faith. The Knights began the season with a victory and ended with one. Not exactly how one intends on drawing it up, but sometimes, it just works out that way.
Kind of like the accidental water tub dumping on assistant coach Bobby Mead after the game — you just never can tell.
“We really must keep better control of that water cooler in the future,” DeBoer jokingly added.