Warriors close out as CAL Soccer champions

The CCS Warriors pose with their championship trophy and blue ribbons after winning their two CAL Tourney games last weekend.

The Cambridge Christian soccer club finished off their great 2011 season as Christian Athletic League champions with two commanding victories at the end-of-season tourney last weekend in Farmington.

The CAL title was the first for the Warriors since 2006. Over Coach John Newton’s 12-year tenure, CCS has reached six championship games and won four of those.

After earning a first-round bye, CCS played Faith Foreston on Friday in the CAL semifinals. The Warriors cruised to the finish winning 5-1. Justin Roble scored first, followed by brother Josh Roble scoring the next two goals. Jake Wold then scored the fourth Warrior goal, and Ellie Werlein netted the final tally.

The Warriors then played defending champ Mt. Lake for the title on Saturday afternoon and won 4-0. Wold scored first, and Josh Roble netted the second. David Fryc and Peter Maring got into the scoring column with the last two goals.

“The defense got a huge boost from senior Cheol Oh Park. The only goal that was scored was in garbage time with a few minutes remaining. From the beginning, they decided as a unit that they would be unstoppable,” commented Coach Newton. “We only allowed 11 shots on net in two games!”

Jake Wold and Cheol Oh Park were named to the All-Tourney team. Wold, Cheol Oh Park, and Maring were selected to the All-Conference squad, and Josh Roble was an Honorable Mention pick. The Warriors finished at 15-1-1 for the year and had both leading CAL goal scorers in Wold and Josh Roble.

“I was so impressed with this squad. The resiliency they had especially stood out. We lost multiple players to injury for long stretches of the season, yet they battled through and found ways to win. They almost reinvented themselves every game according to the injury report,” continued Coach Newton.

“This record is the second-best record of all time for CCS, and we did some amazing things including: scoring over 90 goals in a season and also trailing an opponent for only 68 minutes total all year long. Those are both records by a long shot!”

Coach Newton finished, “We did all of this while still playing a complete-team mentality. I had nearly four goal scorers over 10 goals for the year. The offense was spread out nicely, and the defense was absolutely dominant when we needed it to be. Many coaches told me at this year’s tournament that this year’s CCS team was the best they have seen. So, I give credit to the players who worked through highs and lows and battled numerous injuries. They deserved every ounce of this season!”