Even in defeat, Covenant Christian made school history. It was the first ever state finals appearance for the Warriors in any sport and Johnson thought the support in the stands was a great case for what it meant to the school.
“We were packed on our side and it was good to see a school and community come together and rally around our guys,” he said.
The experience of playing in a state finals was highly beneficial for the players as well.
“You’re here, the guys are excited and it’s great for the school. It’s great for them to get this experience,” Johnson said. “But I think now they know that they are still not satisfied. There’s no way they can be satisfied with this. Obviously next year’s goal is to get back here and win.”
During the six game postseason run to state, Covenant Christian outscored opponents 13-3, netted three shutouts and never allowed more than one goal in a game until state.
A great run for the Warriors.
“It’s been a blast. You always think ‘Is this the game? Are we going to show up today?’ and our guys showed up every single game,” Johnson said. “It’s been the best thing for myself being a part of this team.”
Covenant Christian will graduate nine seniors in Dawson Linn, Mauro Ercole, Daniel Sima, Jon Christensen, Juan Koltz, Ian Oeschle, Tyler Susong, Cody Gatewood and Jarek Brents.
“They led and been an example on and off the field,” Johnson said. They have encouraged the guys and they have stepped up and assumed the roles we expected them to.”