Originally created 11/05/06

Victory Christian takes soccer title



For the second straight year, Victory Christian School's team has won the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools 1A state soccer title.

"It's been incredible," said soccer coach Joseph Martin, talking about the season leading up to the championship tournament in Greenville a week ago.

On Oct. 27, Victory Christian defeated Easley Christian School 3-0 in the rain to make it to the finals.

Senior Jared Gfeller scored two goals, and eighth-grader Zack Summers had the other goal.

Matt Morris, a junior, had an assist. Jack Keener, a freshman, stopped seven shots on goal.

On Oct 28, Victory Christian defeated Greenville's Westgate Christian School 1-0 with freshman goalie Addison Rosser posting 14 saves.

Jared scored the lone goal for Victory Christian.

The coach said the team felt confident going into the title matches, but knew it wasn't going to be easy to win a second straight title.

"We've got a lot to live up to," senior Mitch McBride, a team captain, said going into the games. "It's going to take everybody on the team playing their toughest."

Jared, John Herndon, Kevin Ard and Mitch were named to the all-tournament team.

Before the state tournament, the team had posted an 8-5 record. Victory Christian clinched the region title Oct. 13 with a 10-1 win against Ferndale Christian School.

Victory's soccer program is seven years old and this is the third state title during that time, said Mr. Martin, who played for the school's first soccer teams before going to college. This is his first year as coach.