The Columbus Christian boys soccer season came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Heritage Christian (Merrillville) on Saturday morning at Ceraland.
The loss marked the first time in school history the team made it to the Indiana Christian Schools Tournament soccer Final Four. “We set a goal before the season to make it here and we accomplished that so we’re happy,” Columbus Christian coach Chris Robinson said. “We struggled when the season began, but the defense grew together and the offense learned to attack the goal.”
The Crusaders’ lone goal came early in the second half when a Nick Bridgewater assist lead to a Micah Simonton goal. Strong second half defense, especially from goalie Dalane Shaull, kept the Crusaders in the game until Heritage’s fourth goal late in the game put the win out of reach. “Dalane is an excellent goalie. He’s just a junior, and we’re excited to have him for one more year,” Robinson said. “We’re a young team. We have a lot of returning kids next season. This has been a good experience for them and we’re excited for next season.”
The Crusaders advanced to the ICST Final Four with a 2-1 regional victory over Horizon Christian on Oct. 9.
Hauser wins Jennings quad
Hauser won the Jennings County quad on Saturday at Jennings County High School.
Hauser, 3-0 on the day, beat Jennings County to decide the title 25-21, 25-20.
Hauser also defeated Switzerland County 25-13, 25-10 and Borden 25-13, 25-10.
Lauren Gross led Hauser with 38 kills on the day. Danielle Giles added 26 digs for Hauser while Makayla Greenlee had 48 assists.
Jennings County went 2-1 on the day with wins over Borden (25-15, 25-14) and Switzerland County (25-10, 25-11).
For Jennings County, Emily Ertel had 22 kills on the day while Mariah Kinney had 16 kills. Kinney had nine blocks and Ertel had five blocks.
Megan Kelsay contributed 36 assists and Lucy Hearne had 24 assists.
Ertel had seven aces on the day while Monica Barringer and Megan Kelsay each had five aces.
Jennings County’s junior varsity swept all three matches, 25-10, 25-11 over Borden, 25-12, 25-5 over Switzerland County and 25-21, 25-11 over Hauser.