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Boys soccer:

Faith thumps TCA to three-peat as district champs

DON LEYPOLDT



Members of the Faith Christian boys soccer team poses with the District One Class A trophy following their 4-0 victory over The Christian Academy last Thursday.

Auf zum Sieg – German for “to the victory” – is stitched on the backs of Faith Christian’s soccer jerseys.

During Class A district playoffs, Faith looked pretty Wunderbar in picking up those Siegs.

The No. 1-seeded Lions tallied three goals in six minutes to top Bicentennial League rival and No. 2 The Christian Academy 4-0 in the District One final Thursday night at Plymouth-Whitemarsh.

“We always point to our game at Pennridge where they came out with intensity and we didn’t,” Faith coach Ryan Clymer described the Lions’ worst loss of the year. “We used that game as motivation the entire year. It doesn’t matter who we play, for the two halves we have to bring it. We got a little lucky on the own goal but these guys wanted it.”

TCA got the first corner kick of the night, breaking up 14 minutes of evenly played soccer.

But two minutes later William Bolla tapped in a rebound for the game’s first goal.

“I was ready for this game and I wanted to give all of me,” Bolla said. “We played hard and believed that we were going to win. And we did that.”

Faith’s Korey Schuster had a corner kick, one of 11 on the night for the Lions, one minute later. The ball threaded the six-yard box when a TCA defender thundered in an own goal.

Isaiah Robinson’s header off of a rebound made it 3-0 Faith in the 19th minute. With 6:05 remaining in the half, Garret Mikula’s right cross found David Brownell, who turned it into Faith’s fourth goal.

“Bolla came on,” Clymer credited. “Chris (Evans) got the start as a freshman. He looked good in practice the past two days. I asked Isaiah, a senior, if he wanted to start but he said he was comfortable coming off of the bench. Bolla didn’t start, but that was the difference. He and Korey connect very, very well.”

Keeper Chase Peev made seven saves to earn the clean sheet. “Clearing the ball was the main focus,” Peev credited on the defensive end. “Nothing crazy. It was keeping everything in front of us and taking care of the wind that can really play a part in a big game.”

On the one hand, it was surprising that the game was lopsided. TCA (13-4-1, 9-3 Bicentennial) played Faith tough in previous 2-0 and 3-2 losses, and the Crusaders had outscored their first two district opponents 13-1.

On the other hand, Faith (19-2, 11-0 Bicentennial) blasted through League opponents. They too had convincing district wins, topping No. 8 Calvary Christian 7-0 and No. 5 Phil-Mont 4-0.

“We had a good two days of practice,” Clymer stated. “That team only had one day to prepare and that makes a big difference. But I felt really confident in the practices that we had. The guys felt really confident. They came out and executed.”

Faith faced a familiar foe on Tuesday in the first round of states. Devon Prep played in the Bicentennial in 2017. The Tide joined the Philadelphia Catholic League this season and earned the District 12 championship. The Lions scored early in each half, then added insurance goals to earn a 5-1 win over Devon.

Faith’s turning the Tide earned them a rematch with repeat District 3 champions Camp Hill (20-2) this Saturday in the elite eight. In 2016 and 2017, the Lions fell to Camp Hill, the eventual state champion in PIAAs.

“We’re not the most talented team,” Peev stated last Thursday, “but hard work got us here.”




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