On Saturday, September 30, the King’s Warriors traveled to New Castle, VA, to take on the New Castle Knights. Leading 6-0 at the end of the first quarter, the King’s Warriors substituted liberally to coast to an 11-3 win.
Mountain Mission came to the King’s Warriors on Thursday, October 5, to battle to a 4-4 tie. That game took a lot out of the Warriors, and they dropped a 6-0 decision to Oak Hill Academy just two days later. It was the only shut out imposed upon the King’s Warriors this season. In retrospect, it was not as lopsided as it seemed. It was just one of those games when everything went right for one team and everything went wrong for the other.
This proved to be the case when Oak Hill came to the King’s Warriors just five days later on October 12. Determined to avenge the earlier defeat, the King’s Warriors played one of their best games of the season. Andrew Smith scored to take a 1-0 lead at the half. KWSC held most of the advantage during the game, but gave up a late goal for a 1-1 tie.
On Saturday, October 14, the team traveled to High Point, NC, for a game against John Wesley University JV. It was a wide open affair that saw ten goals scored in an exciting 5-5 tie.
To close out the regular season, the King’s Warriors hosted Emmanuel Christian School from Clarksburg, WV, in a weekend tournament. KWSC provided multiple players to the ECS team, which is just beginning its soccer program. On Friday night, October 20, ECS posted a 4-3 win over KWSC JV. Half of the ECS goals were scored by King’s Warriors captain David Blume, who played the second half for Emmanuel. The next day, the KWSC varsity played ECS in the first game of the day. They played 2-touch soccer to claim a 7-0 win. Immediately thereafter, KWSC played “all comers.” The KWSC varsity actually played against a team of 22 players (yes, 22 players all at once!) composed of ECS players, KWSC JV players, and coaches. It was a great experience to move the ball under so much pressure and through so much congestion on the field. It was a fun match, with the larger team winning 4-2. After lunch and devotions, Emmanuel Christian took the field one last time against the King’s Warriors JV team. By this time, both teams were pretty tired, and the KWSC JV team came away with a 6-3 win.
The season has all been geared toward the big event: NACA. On Tuesday, October 24, the King’s Warriors travel to Dayton, TN, to play in the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) 2017 Boys Soccer Tournament. This is our sixth consecutive appearance. The competition is fabulous, and we normally end as the bottom-ranked team, but we are hoping for a more competitive showing this year. Keep us in your prayers.