Christendom’s fall sports teams gathered for one final weekend of scrimmages, with men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball all putting together wins to wrap up the fall.

Due to COVID-19, Christendom’s sports teams have all taken part in an extended preseason this semester, with the teams practicing multiple times a week and undergoing strength and conditioning training with local Performance Sport and Spine. The teams have also played local schools in scrimmages, giving all players involved the opportunity to compete during an otherwise unusual sports year.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams each played Patrick Henry College for the third time on Saturday, picking up right where they left off in previous victories against the school. The men’s team started off the game strong, with back-to-back goals scored within the first six minutes by Caleb Wilson and Aganze Nkere. Patrick Henry responded with a goal of their own, before the Crusaders shut them down the rest of the way. Mark LaRochelle scored two goals and Michael Blank scored one more, giving the Crusaders a 5-1 victory to close out the fall.

The Lady Crusaders took the field to a similar result. After Patrick Henry took an early 1-0 lead, the Lady Crusaders went to work, scoring six goals before Patrick Henry scored again in the second half. That would be all Patrick Henry would get against the strong Lady Crusaders defense, with the team ultimately winning 8-2. Christine McLaughlin finished with two goals, with Sofia Hudson, Germaine Wells, Martha Blank, Halina Hibl, Gracie Russo, and Sam Stahl all picking up goals as well.

Meanwhile, inside Crusader Gymnasium, the Lady Crusaders volleyball team played in their first scrimmages of the fall, taking on Appalachian Bible College in two matches. In the first, the Lady Crusaders won 3-1, with Agnes Wingate leading the way in points and kills. The second match was an even more resounding victory — 3-0 for the Lady Crusaders — with Wingate again excelling on the court, finishing the second match with 20 points and 16 kills. Fiona Briggs led the Lady Crusaders in digs in both matches, while Meredith Ethridge, Megan Dano, and Claire Mense also made strong contributions on the court.

While scrimmages might be done for Christendom’s sports teams this fall, they will have one final week of practices and strength and conditioning work to wrap up the semester. Nothing was typical about the fall sports season, but Christendom’s athletes all responded with confidence, understanding, and resilience, setting them up for success when full sports seasons finally resume again.

For more information, please visit christendomathletics.com.

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