on October 18, 2016 8:30 AM
The defense of South Christian‘s Division 3 boys soccer championship started out with a big test.
And it won’t get any easier from there.
The Sailors scored only two goals Monday, but it was enough in a 2-0 shutout of Lee.
“We moved the ball well, but Lee played solid defense and had a great goalie who played a solid game,” South Christian coach Jason Boersma said. “We had some sloppiness after the first half, but we held on and played a little frantic. We weren’t that composed.”
Due to a missing player who accumulated two yellow cards in the last game and had to sit for this contest, the Sailors had to shuffle around the lineup. For Boersma, that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“When you see different teams, you want to be ready with different formations, and these games have gotten a lot of guys hungry for the tournament. We didn’t keep our composure and the ball got slick and slippery, but that’s soccer,” Boersma said.
With eight starters back, South Christian (10-3 overall) will still have a rough road ahead. The Sailors take on Unity Christian, one of the established soccer powers for both boys and girls, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Action takes place at the South Christian athletic complex.
“We’ve played them many a time in the past years,” Boersma said. “There was a stretch of six or seven years there where one of us was in the state finals.”
Jake Tanis stopped two shots for the Sailors.