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Faith Christian topples Dock, nets second title


Faith Christian poses with the District One Class A trophy. The Lions captured their second straight district title last Thursday, edging Dock Mennonite, 2-1. Korey Schuster scored the game-winner with 3:10 remaining in the first half at Souderton Area High School. Faith’s William Bolla also scored.

Ryan Clymer has seemingly had strong teams at Faith Christian forever.

Even with all that success, the Lions didn’t break through to win the District One Class A championship until last year. They enjoyed it so much last year they decided to do it again last Thursday night at Souderton.

“It’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever felt in my life,” senior Hunter Jones shared. “Soccer’s my whole life.

I’ve dedicated so much time to this team and after the first one, I was so emotional. Coming into this game, I was confident and I was like, ‘We got this.’ ”

“It’s numbing right now,” said Clymer, Faith’s head coach. “Last year, it was very fulfilling. This is fulfilling, but now we’ve been here before and we won, which is fantastic. We’re going to enjoy it tonight and then we’re going to get ready for the District Three champion [in Tuesday’s first round of states].”

The top-seeded Lions held on to nip No. 2 Dock Mennonite, 2-1, for back-to-back district titles. Praise Zoegar scored to put the Pioneers up 1-0 in the 4th minute. Junior William Bolla tied it at 1 in the 19th minute, and sophomore Korey Schuster netted the game-winner in the 37th minute.

Dock sent the house at Clymer’s defense and junior goalkeeper Chase Peev in the final minutes. The Pioneers got off a good shot with 90 seconds remaining, but Peev scurried to his left and leapt to corral the potential equalizer.

“I didn’t think I was going to get to it,” Peev admitted. “It was a great shot; I thought I had set my wall perfectly. I just reacted. God gave me the strength and I don’t know how I made the save, but I did.”
Peev missed last season’s title run because of an injury.

“It feels amazing,” Peev said. “Best feeling I’ve had.”

“He’s been playing really, really big the last few games for us,” Clymer said.

“I knew that our defense would hold up,” Schuster said. “Defense wins games, so I knew they would pack it in and I knew they would do their job.”

Faith lost at Dock, 3-2, on Sept. 8.

“I think we came out stronger [last Thursday] than we did the first game,” Schuster admitted. “We’ve definitely improved since the beginning of the season.”

“They are a good team,” Bolla said of the Pioneers, who concluded their season at 15-5, “but God was with us. That’s why we took them.”

Clymer expected a higher scoring affair for the rematch.

“I thought we were going to have a couple more goals in the first half [last Thursday],” Clymer said. “We were doing real well offensively. I didn’t think 2-1 was going to hold up. These guys worked hard and they rallied around each other.”

“We came into this knowing it was going to be a dogfight,” Schuster added, “and we just came in working our tails off.”
Things got tougher on Tuesday. The Lions opened states against defending champion Camp Hill, which eliminated then undefeated Faith in the 2016 quarterfinals. The District Three champion Camp Hill Lions ended the District One champion Faith Christian Lions’ season at 17-3-1, with Tuesday’s 1-0 victory.

Faith will be back. Clymer said he played only four seniors this year, a year after losing seven starters. Clymer also got a lot of guys minutes.

“We have a deeper bench,” Jones said after the hoopla of last Thursday’s district championship win had subsided. “Everybody’s a family here. If someone gets hurt or is tired, we can bring someone else in and there’s no [drop-off].”

Schuster, who has two more years to win two more district titles, credited effort for the Lions’ most recent district gold medal haul.

“We just played our hearts out,” Schuster concluded.




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