GREENCASTLE — After losing in the regional final last season, this year’s Covenant Christian boys’ soccer team returned with unfinished business. The Warriors rounded into form throughout the year and avenged that loss last Saturday, taking the school’s first-ever regional.
The Warriors celebrated and soaked up every available moment. They rolled down the large embankment behind the west goal before mugging for several sets of photographs and finally heading off the field as the lights were being turned off.
Tied at 1-1, Covenant needed some last minute heroics from senior Jon Christensen’s penalty kick, but took home a 2-1 victory over George Washington.
“I’ve never been more nervous in my life,” Christensen said. “I’ve got to hand it to these guys who played their butts off. Glory to God as He’s blessed us this year. He gave me the opportunity and I finished it. Couldn’t be happier.”
After the girls’ soccer team brought home the first regional title in school history last season, the boys notched the second for Covenant and the accomplishment was not lost on Warriors coach Michael Johnson.
“It’s important as far as looking back from a last year’s point of view,” Johnson said. “It means everything and it’s a great group of guys that have busted their butts. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Covenant started out aggressively in the first half and controlled the time of possession for most of the first 10 minutes. The Warriors attacked the goal unmercifully and in one set got off three consecutive shots, two of which were blocked by Washington goalkeeper Jose Cabrera and the third caromed off a Continentals player, resulting in a Covenant corner kick.
George Washington withstood the opening barrage and mounted a counter attack for a 10-minute stretch of its own, but to no avail as the Warriors’ defense stood strong.