Faith Christian has had a very successful Fall Sports season in 2019 and they looked to add to that success on Nov. 9. Faith Christian had three teams competing in the state playoffs, Boys Soccer …
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Faith Christian has had a very successful Fall Sports season in 2019 and they looked to add to that success on Nov. 9. Faith Christian had three teams competing in the state playoffs, Boys Soccer against Salida in the 3A State Quarterfinals, Girls Volleyball hosting a 3A Volleyball Regional and Football hosting Elizabeth in the 1st round of the 2A State playoffs.
Faith Soccer squared off with the #1 seeded Salida High School on the road on Saturday. Faith was coming off impressive wins over Eagle Ridge Academy (5-0) and Arrupe Jesuit (3-1). The Eagles were in for a fight but a tough conference schedule had prepared them for it. Faith Christian was able to strike first with four minutes left in the first half off a goal by Senior Micah Allan. The Eagles and Spartans continued to battle through a tense second half with several close calls for both teams. A controversial missed hand ball call led to a Salida score with only four minutes left in the game. Two fifteen-minute sudden death overtimes came and went and still the score remained tied at 1-1. The game went to penalty shots, and Faith’s first two shots were blocked by Salida. Salida would go on and win the penalty shot shootout 4-2 and end the Eagles season with a record 13-4-1.
Girls Volleyball was given the #4 overall seed in the 2019 3A State Volleyball Tournament, and with that seed they were given the right to host. Faith Christian welcomed in #29 seed DSST-College View and #21 seeded Centauri High School, the Eagles would need two wins to advance to the Denver Coliseum. Faith Christian started out hot and quickly knocked out DSST-College View in three straight sets. Centauri would then face off with DSST-College View and Centauri would also win in three straight sets. That would set up the match up of Faith and Centauri with the winner advancing as region champion. Coach Chris Powers and his team showed great focus and again took the match in three straight sets. The win over Centauri would secure the Eagles 20th win on the season and yet again move them into state competition. The Eagles will look to make a deep run as they did in 2017 when they advanced to the final four. The state tourney bracket, which should contain a first-round bye for the Eagles, will come out this week.
Faith Football started their playoff journey with face off with Elizabeth High School. A beautiful sunny afternoon provided a clean field for both teams to show off their running attacks. Faith Christian was able to take their opening drive of the game down the field and Isaiah Kroll turned a short run into a long run for a 38 yard touchdown. Erick Granados was able to run for a 2-point conversion and the Eagles were off to 8-0 lead over the Cardinals. Many times in sports it is the offense that receives the highlights but as they say defense wins championships. Faith Christian’s defense would be the winners of the day as the continually stifled the Elizabeth offense. A sound interior defensive line lead by Garrett Everitt, Aaron Finch, Landon Hunstad and Quincy Hansen all but silenced the Cardinals ground game. That forced Elizabeth into passing and the back end of the defense was equal to the challenge including two interceptions from Joel Burck. The Eagles pitched their fourth shut out of the season and advance to the Quarterfinals against Delta High School next Saturday. A special shout out to the Faith Christian Athletic department (Athletic Director Abram Ziemer, Assistant Athletic Director Mariano Carbajal and Assistant Athletic Director Nathan Mauldin) for managing a busy Saturday
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