Perfect finish

Senior attacker Josh Roble opened the scoring with a perfect header goal early in the Oct. 27 CAL championship.

 

Warrior Soccer wins second straight CAL title: The pre-season outlook for a strong 2012 autumn on the soccer fields came to ultimate fruition for the Cambridge Christian School squad when they ran the tables to go 19-0. The capstone to the year came when the Warriors smothered Immanuel Lutheran 8-0 to win Saturday’s Christian Athletic League championship match in St. Croix Falls, Wisc.

“It was a lot of work to finish 19-0. I think it was a collective group effort. The key was Coach talking to us in the beginning of the season, telling us we’re a good team, but nothing is going to come for free,” described senior leader Josh Roble. “We came out prepared to play our best game no matter who were playing.”

It did not take long for the Warriors to dent the hand-operated scoreboard at the Alliance Church field. After opening with shots-on-goal from Bill Enos and Anders Boyum, CCS scored when Jack Swenson lined a pass toward the net where Roble perfectly bopped it home with a header.

Soon after, Boyum ripped a shot which just went over the crossbar by a foot, then he began a sweet play by slipping the ball to David Fryc who touched it over to Roble who buried his kick for a 2-0 advantage. Roble followed that with a third goal when Swenson centered the ball to him, and Roble booted home a rebound shot.

“Coach began stressing ball movement and moving without the ball at our first practice this season. The first thing we did was play a ‘keep-away’ drill with no goal attempts,” said Roble. “We had success this season with that free form offense emphasizing passing, and it showed again in the championship. On my three goals, we did a great job moving the ball up the middle, sliding it to the outside, and the guys finished with their great crossing passes.”

Swenson made it 4-0 before the half ended when he turned and wheeled a long blast which hit the opposite pipe. Second half goals were tallied by Enos, Fryc, Isaiah Hurd and Peter Maring as the Warrior defense limited any good chances by Immanuel.

The Warrior goals kept flowing when Jack Swenson (2) ripped a long liner to the opposite post to make it 4-0 in the first half.

“It’s probably the most beautiful soccer we have played all year,” exclaimed Coach John Newton. “We passed with efficiency and a sense of purpose. We were not selfish and spread the ball around with ease. Jack Swenson and Bill Enos played out of their minds on the wing midfields. Peter Maring and Justin Roble yet again led a stellar defense that only allowed one shot all game! Josh Roble was the heart and soul of our team, and he led us into battle for one final time. This was an absolute dream season! This was the best defensive team I have ever coached, and we surpassed 100 goals for the year as a team which we have never done before.”

• Cambridge Christian opened the tourney with an 8-1 win over rival Christian Life on Friday afternoon. Syfah Doble banged home a goal 30 seconds into the match. The Warriors kept rolling on two goals by Fryc, and solo scores from Roble, Enos, Maring, Swenson and Alex Moses.

‘We came out strong. One of the things we need to do that is big in tournament games is score early. Syfah did that for us, scoring in the first minute,” described Coach Newton on the semifinals win. “ We didn’t stop there and kept putting in goals. We kept the pace well, and our control was very good. By the 29th minute, we were ahead 7-0. Our top scorer only had two goals, so the scoring was spread nicely. We were able to get our subs in after that.”

Leaving the legacy of back-to-back CAL Soccer championships with his fellow seniors on the Warriors, Roble shared, “It really is a nice way to end the season. We can look back at these couple of years when we get together down the road and talk about winning the championships. The memories will always be awesome blessings.”

The 2012 Cambridge Christian Soccer team with its 1st-place trophy from the CAL Finals tourney. Photo submitted

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