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October 24, 2012

Covenant on cusp of state title

The Covenant Christian boys’ soccer team is making school history and they aren’t done yet.

With two wins in Saturday’s semistate at Floyd Central, the Warriors (10-12-1) are headed to the state finals — a first in any team sport in school history.

The IHSAA Class 1A boys’ soccer championship against Fort Wayne Canterbury (15-6-1) is 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium at IUPUI.

“You put it down on your board that your goal is to get to state and we’re here and we’re very excited to be in this position,” Covenant coach Michael Johnson said.

Even with the Warriors sitting at a sub .500 record, they expected to be in this position.

“With the way the season was set out, we expected to get out of regionals just because we were familiar with all of those teams and our goal has been to get to state and definitely win,” Johnson said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet though that we’re here.”

Johnson received solid scouting reports from area coaches entering the morning Greensburg game and the information paid off as the Warriors won 3-0. Jon Christensen scored two goals and Keaton Joseph converted another.

“We knew who the good players were and what weaknesses they had, so we exploited those all game,” Johnson said. “We just took what they gave us and put in three goals.”

In the semi-state final game against Providence, Covenant had the luxury of fresh legs compared to its opponent. Providence defeated Evansville Mater Dei 3-2 in overtime in the later of the morning games. The less than five-hour turnaround for Providence no doubt helped the Warriors.

Covenant won 2-1 after getting a goal from Jeremiah Rader with six minutes left in the first half to tie the score and Ian Oechsle scored the go-ahead goal with 16 minutes remaining in the game.

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