Taking it a step at a time the Pella Christian Eagles notched a landmark win for their program.
The Eagles knocked off No. 9 ranked Holy Trinity Catholic 1-0 in a soccer match played in West Point May 31 in Regional play.
“We rolled into West Point loose and believing,” stated Eagle Head Coach Mike Buchheit.
Buchheit said the Eagles played lights out defense.
HTC was limited to only two shot son goal as the Eagles played their patented “top gun” assignment on HTC’s top scorer, which prevented her from any shots on goal.
PC countered with six shots on goal by leading freshman scorer Avey Amelse. Amelse had a breakaway shot at the Holy Trinity goal 69 minutes into the contest.
The shot by Amelse was deflected to the far goal post where junior Mira Ford managed to finish off the play and scorer her third career high school goal.
Official time of the goal was at the 29:31 mark of the second half.
Earning the win in goal was freshman Lydia Zylstra with the help of a tremendous defense. Zylstra had two saves in goal.
Buchheit said Holy Trinity Catholic was the highest ranked 1A squad that PC has knocked off in his five years with the program.
He replied, “The win isn’t surprising considering how strong the team has played the past two weeks.”
Odds and Ends
The win put the Eagles into the Regional Championship against Nevada. The Eagles are searching for their first ever berth at the state tournament.
PC improved to 10-8 with the win over Holy Trinity Catholic, while HTC finished the year at 12-6.