Varsity soccer at Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) began its 2018 fall season with a split against Temple Christian School (TCS) and Faith Christian School (FCS), but gave its followers a lot of excitement early.
The Knights’ season opener against Temple Sept. 4 had a little bit of everything. In the first 15 minutes, CHA had a whopping 10 shots on the TCS goal, but oddly enough, it was Temple that struck first. And then, they scored two more to go enter halftime up, 3-0.
Head coach Greg DeBoer and assistant coach Rob Johnson made some managerial changes to their lineup, which provided an ample amount in return during the second half. Especially for one Cameron DeBoer, who seemingly morphed into a new player in the second half.
Not one, not two, but three goals — a hat trick — the senior had in just the second half. An unprecedented tally that only tied the Knights at the current score with only 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Freshman Evan Lawrence finished off the onslaught with a shot outside to give CHA the 4-0 lead.
“Rob Johnson jumped about 4 feet into the air in celebration of that goal,” coach Greg DeBoer said about the strike.
That wasn’t the end of the drama. Temple got fouled while in the Knights’ box, which gave them the penalty kick and chance to tie back the score. Blake Johnson negated the attempt, diving out and halting it to maintain his squad’s slim lead, and inevitably, win the game.
“After the game, the Temple coach came over to our huddle and congratulated the CHA team on an awesome comeback,” DeBoer added in his note to CHA. “These young men are practicing for life, where hardships require perseverance to overcome the challenge.”
The Knights opened up the home season on the pitch Sept. 6 against Faith Christian, with coach DeBoer having an early, but fleeting, thought.
“FCS only had 10 players arrive, so we thought that would help us with them having no subs,” he said.
Turns out, besides son Cameron beginning the game with his fourth goal in two games, the coach’s initial presupposition was proven wrong. Faith Christian quickly answered with a goal, then took the lead, 2-1, to finish the first half.
Despite the Knights’ nine shots on goal and Blake Johnson’s heroic nine saves in his own goal, the team couldn’t budge from that early deficit.
“I was so proud that no one on the team gave up even though it was hot and we were behind, they kept attacking throughout the game,” Deboer said. “We have another chance to get a win on Monday!”
CHA retakes its home field against the Home Schoolers Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.