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Seahawks win tournament crown

Members of the St. Clare Walker Middle School Seahawks hoist the championship trophy after edging Chesapeake Academy 1-0 in the finals of the Independent Schools Athletic Association (ISAC) soccer tournament last Thursday at Christchurch School. (Photo by Stephanie Smith)

The St. Clare Walker (SCW) Middle School Seahawks did not allow a goal and defeated Ware Academy in the semifinals and Chesapeake Academy in the finals to win the Independent Schools Athletic Association (ISAC) soccer tournament at Christchurch School last week.

Seahawks 2
Ware Academy O
It was tournament time and the excitement was in the air on October 22 from both teams and spectators. From the beginning the Seahawks played well together.

The Seahawks had some great runs and shots from multiple players in the second half but the Ware goalie made some very good blocks.

The win advanced SCW to the title game against regular season champion Chesapeake Academy (CA). “We were very excited to get a chance to finally decide the winner of our two teams,” said Coach Smith.“We had split our regular season games and we were looking to pay them back for our only regular season loss.”

CA was awarded the regular season title because it had more goals than the Seahawks in their two regular season matches.

Seahawks 1,
CA 0
It was ISAC Championship game day and the excitement was in the air.“The whole season came down to one 60 minute game and we knew to win we would have to want it more,” said SCW Coach Smith. “The kids gave me everything they had to put pressure on Chesapeake.”

Ten minutes into the game and SCW was awarded a corner kick. Adam Smith was pulled up from defense for a chance to score with the other offensive players. The ball came across and a Chesapeake player headed it up and it landed in the middle. Both E. Smith and A. Smith swung at the ball and A. Smith came away with a great kick and planted the go-ahead goal in the back of the net. This was only his third goal of the season and he did not realize then how important it would turn out to be.

“That goal was what we needed to turn the momentum to us and it gave us an advantage for the rest of the game,” said Coach Smith. “From this moment on we went to a defensive stance and each and every one of our players contributed their heart and soul to win this game.

“Congratulations to the 2013 SCW soccer players. You are true champions and you deserve the recognition,” said Coach Smith.

“I would like to thank everyone for the support we received during the tournament. It was humbling to look across the field and see the sidelines filled with parents, families, friends, teachers, and school board members,” said Coach Smith.

Career Highlight

“This was my third year coaching and it was my third chance in the finals. It felt so good to finally come away with the win after coming in second for two straight seasons. This was the first soccer championship St. Clare Walker Middle School has won. This win was very special for me because this team was full of kids that I have coached for many years and it included both of my kids.For me to share in this great season and to be a part of school history with this group of kids is something I will never forget. To take a young group of kids with varying skill levels and teach them to play as a solid team unit is every coach’s goal. For them to finish the season with a 8-1 record and to win the 2013 ISAC Championship is truly the highlight of my coaching career,” said Coach Smith.

posted 10.30.2013

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