The men’s and women’s soccer teams kick off their seasons this week, playing their opening matches on Thursday, September 1, and Saturday, September 3, on Crusader Fields. Both teams will aim to continue their streak of winning seasons, with the Crusaders taking on crosstown rival Lord Fairfax Community College at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, and the Lady Crusaders playing Central Penn College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Both teams have been training hard in recent weeks, practicing in mini-camps and playing in preseason matches. The fruit of their hard work will be revealed this week, before both teams play in fourteen other matches in the fall as they compete for a berth in the USCAA Soccer National Championships in November.
The Christendom soccer program is coming off one of its best years yet, which saw both teams ranked as high as #8 in the USCAA Coaches’ Poll. The men’s team, under the leadership of head coach Jake Guttierrez, finished 10-3-1 on the season.
The Lady Crusaders finished last season 7-2-1, strong enough for one of the top winning percentages in the nation. With the help of Madeline Hill in the net, who scored the top save percentage in the nation for 2015, the women hope to improve on that record in an enlarged season schedule, under the continued leadership of head coach Courtney Nelson.
After the opening matches, the men will next play at home on September 4 at 3:00 p.m. against Berkeley College-NJ while the women will return on September 7 with a match against Lord Fairfax at 5:00 p.m.
Dates and times of games are subject to change. For the latest athletic schedule and statistics, please visit christendomathletics.com.