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#5 Ranked Christendom defeated Central Penn in the Eastern States Athletic Conference Championship on Monday, October 30, wrapping up their regular season and bringing home another piece of hardware for the Christendom trophy case.

The #5 ranked women’s soccer team defeated Central Penn in the Eastern States Athletic Conference Championship (ESAC) on Monday, October 30, wrapping up their regular season and bringing home another piece of hardware for the Christendom trophy case. The game marked the team’s eleventh win of the season, bringing one of the program’s best seasons to an impressive close.

The women’s soccer team entered the final game of their regular season on a three-game winning streak, including a 14-0 win over Trinity on Saturday. Taking on Central Penn at home, the Crusaders grabbed the lead early in the first half with a goal from Rachel Grande on an assist from Catherine Thomas. Central Penn held Christendom the rest of the first half, until Theresa Luckey scored later in the second half. Catherine Thomas scored her fourteenth goal of the season (fifth most in the USCAA), before Theresa Luckey scored again, with another assist from Thomas (her league-leading eleventh assist of the season). Christendom ultimately won 4-0, taking the ESAC Championship. The game also marked the regular season finale for five Christendom seniors — Gracie Russo, Erin Hatley, Christy Rodriguez, Virginia Stahl, and Rachel Grande — who sacrificed so much for the college’s athletics program, truly representing the program’s motto “for the love of the game and the glory of God.”

Women’s soccer seniors, from left to right, Gracie Russo, Erin Hatley, Christy Rodriguez, Rachel Grande and Virginia Stahl.

The fall 2023 season proved to be a historic one for the women’s soccer team, which began with a 6-1 start and finished with a four-game winning streak, including in the conference championship finale. They now wait to see if they will be selected for the USCAA Nationals, which will be announced later this month.

Down south at Regent University, the #10 ranked women’s volleyball team also wrapped up their season with a tri-match. They took on Regent in the first game of the tri-match, defeating them easily in straight sets. Nora Ross, the team’s leading scorer all year, had twelve points in the game, with Elizabeth Heisler not far behind with eleven of her own. The team, unfortunately, fell in the finale against Regent, wrapping up their hard-fought season with a 10-11 record. Ross led the team in kills with an impressive 186 kills in the season. Following Ross, Elizabeth Heisler had 91 kills and Catherine Brezinsky finished with 59 kills. Leading the team in assists was Regina Cousino with a grand total of 405. Heisler also led the team in service aces racking up 42 over the season. Sophie Simpson led on defense, finishing the season with 196 digs.

The men’s soccer team, in their penultimate game of the season, traveled to Gallaudet University. The team fell behind early before Ryan Welch tied the game up at the 29:00 minute mark, only to fall behind again minutes later. Gallaudet took a 4-1 lead late into the second half before Christendom scored again, this time thanks to Aidan Oakley, but the team still lost 4-2, pushing them to a 6-8-2 record. The team will play their final game of the season at home on Tuesday, October 31, taking on Regent University.

For more information, visit christendomathletics.com.

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