The Covenant Christian boys’ squad made the city championship and the girls bowed out in the second round last week. Both are now preparing for their upcoming sectional games this week.
The Covenant Christian boys’ soccer team appeared in its second overtime game in the city tournament last Wednesday but was unable to defeat No. 1-seeded Cathedral in the championship, 2-1.
The Warriors led 1-0 after sophomore Jeremiah Rader outran two defenders and fed the ball across to freshman Keaton Joseph for the score. Cathedral answered in the second half, just getting the ball by Covenant’s goalie.
“The second half [Cathedral] came out a bit more intense,” Covenant Christian coach Michael Johnson said. “They were very urgent in trying to get something done and the ball bounced their way and they got a goal.”
Covenant missed a close shot late in the second half to wrap up the game. In overtime, Johnson saw a debatable foul on one of his defenders, Christian Engum, which opened up space for Cathedral to score the game-winning goal.
“They beat us in the year 7-0 at our place, and I don’t know where their thoughts were, but they were probably thinking it was going to be a similar game, and we just came out and really fought back this time,” Johnson said.
In their first match of the city tournament, the boys outlasted George Washington 5-3 in overtime. The Warriors scored two quick goals in the first couple of minutes of overtime to pull away.
They then defeated Bishop Chatard 2-1 and advanced to the championship game.
“It was great to see our guys come together and overcome and not drop their heads,” Johnson said. “We’ve finally come together and even though we lost the game, hopefully we’re starting to peak right now at the right time.”