2023 Southfield Christian Boys Middle School Soccer Season Summary
GAME 1 VS PARKWAY CHRISTIAN
The Eagles got off to a great start on the new season Thursday afternoon away at rainy Parkway Christian. Seven players got their first appearance ever for SCS on the pitch, and even with only one sub, the team gelled quickly and well.
Corey Maxwell scored first, putting the ball in the net to get the Eagles rolling. Jackson Veldman followed that up quickly with one of his own. Then Nate Ehlen found the net with back-to-back strikes, the second on a powerful shot from a substantial way out, to put the Eagles up 4-0.
Current record: 1-0
GAME 2 VS NOVI CHRISTIAN
On Friday, the Eagles welcomed Novi Christian to their home field. SCS had gone 2-2-1 against the visiting Warriors over the past few seasons, but the guests brought their best squad in recent years and they got off to a quick start, going up 5-0 near the end of the first half.
Current record: 1-1
GAME 3 VS PLYMOUTH CHRISTIAN
On Tuesday afternoon, the Eagles hit the road for a tough match against Plymouth Christian. Nate Ehlen was unable to go for SCS due to injury so the squad was once again forced to compete with no subs.
Current record: 1-2
GAME 4 VS OAKLAND CHRISTIAN
On Thursday afternoon, the SCS team took the field short-handed against perennial tough matchup Oakland Christian. Football team members Liam Balligian and Levi Bowman filled in for the missing Eagles and made big impacts.
Current record: 1-3
GAME 5 VS PARKWAY CHRISTIAN
On a warm and sunny Thursday afternoon, Parkway Christian visited SCS for a rematch after being thoroughly dominated in their first meeting weeks prior. They came much more prepared and gave the home team all they could handle.
Current record: 2-3
GAME 6 VS ROEPER
On Tuesday afternoon, the team traveled to meet Roeper at their home field. After sweeping Roeper in both games last season, the Eagles felt confident about their chances going in.
Michael Etters showed promise with numerous strong clearances, and broke up many plays for Roeper. The team falls to 2-4 and next takes the field at home on Thursday afternoon against Plymouth Christian.
Current record: 2-4
GAME 7 VS PLYMOUTH CHRISTIAN
On Thursday afternoon, Plymouth Chrisitan returned to SCS for the second match between the two clubs of the season. They came out in good form and quickly broke out to a 5-0 lead by halftime.
Current record: 2-5
GAME 8 VS ROEPER
On a hot and sunny Monday afternoon, Roeper visited the Eagles' home field, less than a week after their initial meeting of the season. After losing 7-2 to the Roughriders, SCS was hoping to see improvements in every area of the game and play a more competitive match.
Current record: 2-6
GAME 9 VS OAKLAND CHRISTIAN
As the cold rain pounded down on the field, the Eagles took to the pitch for a rematch against Oakland Christian at their place on Thursday afternoon. After losing only 1-0 in the previous matchup, the Eagles hoped to turn the tables on their opponents from OCS.
As the final whistle sounded, the teams congratulated each other on a hard-fought draw. The final score of 0-0 was a good reflection of how close this game really was. Every player's skills showed signs of improvement, and the Eagles look forward to a match at Novi Christian next Monday as their final week of play kicks off.
Current record: 2-6-1
GAME 10 VS NOVI CHRISTIAN
On a cold and windy Monday, the Eagles traveled to Novi Christian for a rematch against a team that had defeated them earlier in the season.
Current record: 2-7-1
GAME 11 VS INTER-CITY BAPTIST
On Thursday afternoon, the Eagles hosted rival Inter-City and gave the Chargers an even, well-fought battle. Halfway through the first, the opponents were able to break through on an unexpectedly-long throw-in, and their speedy striker buried the opportunity, for the only score of the half.
Current record: 2-8-1
GAME 12 VS HOPE CHRISTIAN
On Friday, the Eagles traveled to face a brand new opponent, the recently-opened Hope Christian Academy in Westland. SCS came out and played a well-rounded, unselfish complete game to close out the season.
In the second half, the team got the opportunity to shuffle from their normal positions, and Michael Etters replaced Nathan Paul in goal. During a rare occasion at midfield, Jayce Garrett pounded a long shot from far out into the net for a 4-0 score. Liam Balligian slotted the ball home next, and Matthew Abazi moved forward for a fine goal of his own to widen the margin to 6-0.
With the 8-0 win, Southfield Christian finishes the season on a high note. Every player performed well and got significant experience on the field, and the club thanked its departing 8th graders while looking forward to the return of many players next season.
Final 2023 season record: 3-8-1
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