It’s a new year and a new beginning for middle school soccer at Christian Heritage Academy, with head coach Greg DeBoer and a staff of motivated boys that are enthusiastic for the future of Knights’ soccer.
With 11 total games on the schedule for both teams, middle school began Aug. 27 and 30 with two defeats — 7-2 and 9-0, respectively — but with a wealth of experience gleaned from the appearances.
“I love coaching these boys,” DeBoer said in a note to CHA. “…They have lots of heart and some skills, but I see lots of improvement already.”
The Knights began against Westover Christian on the road and fell into a 2-0 deficit only 10 minutes into the game. But William Johnson had an answer — two, to be exact. His first came from the field, his second came after a foul in the Bulldog box resulted in a PK attempt. Johnson splashed home his attempt to tie the first half score, 2-0.
But Westover increased in stamina throughout the 90˚ afternoon, pulling away in the latter minutes. Southwest Virginia Home School (SWVHS) played a similar style of game Aug. 30, but CHA having two less players available due to illness proved fatal.
The above factors told the story, as the well-seasoned Conquerors left Vineyard Park with a 9-0 victory against CHA.
It will be a developmental season for both teams this season, as the sport attempts regain its image after so many lost years.
“I keep seeing the banners on the gym wall of the early 2000’s CHA teams and I know that the potential is in these kids to excel,” DeBoer added. “I am humbled that I am entrusted to help these young men improve their skills on the pitch and serve their school and their Lord while playing the game of soccer.”