For both the Covenant Christian boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, their seasons came to an end during sectional play last week.
The Covenant Christian Warriors boys’ soccer team, last year’s state runner-up, ended its season with a 1-0 loss to Cardinal Ritter in the sectional final. An offensive struggle for both teams kept the game knotted at 0-0 until Ritter scored the game’s only goal with 28 minutes left in the match.
“Both teams fought hard the whole time,” Covenant coach Michael Johnson said. “There was no letting up. Our opportunities came with shots that were too far out. Both teams made mistakes all over the field. The way the game went we knew it would be a scrap ball for a score and it just happened to be them.”
It wasn’t the Warriors’ day, despite giving a tremendous defensive effort throughout the entire match. Ritter’s goal came on a header off of a corner kick deflection.
The season fell short of the team goal but there were many positives in defeat.
“We set our goals and expectations and then put ourselves in the finals with a chance to win it,” Johnson said. “We gave everything we possess, regardless of how big or small we are our goals and expectations are the same.”
This offseason will seem a little longer as the Warriors reflect on what could have been and begin preparing for next season.
“They need a break or they’ll burn out easy,” Johnson said. “I hope they don’t forget this loss so they realize areas of improvement like being consistent with how we play, giving effort all across the field along with the technical side of the game, wanting it more and all the simple stuff. We play as a team, win as a team and lose as a team so I hope this gives them more hunger to get back where we were.”