Job Tendo and Logan Wright got everything that they wanted out of Senior Night at Lafayette Christian expect for one small item.
The Cougars failed to come up with a win, though they did try for 80 grueling minutes against Calvary Christian. The Knights left with a 5-4 victory in a boys soccer slugfest on Monday evening at the Lafayette Christian stadium on the hill.
“I’ve thought about Senior Night for a long time. We wanted to go out and win. We showed some toughness, but this game shook us to our pride,” said Wright, the Cougar senior goalkeeper and forward.
No, Lafayette Christian did not envision losing on Senior Night.
“This game meant a lot, and we had a lot of experience (on the field),” said Tendo, the LCS senior midfielder.
Did the Cougars let down?
Did Lafayette Christian lose?
Yes, but the Cougars
played every possession like it meant the state championship. The Lafayette Christian boys are the defending state soccer champions in the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association.
On this night the Cougars played with the heart of a state champion, although they did lose to Calvary Christian.
“This game went back and forth. We’re Division II (in the GICAA). Calvary is Division I, and we went toe-to-toe with them,” said Cougars head coach Shannon Powell.
Lafayette Christian stepped up on Senior Night. Cougar junior midfielder Austin Colwell gave LCS a 1-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first half. Colwell would score again on a 12-yard goal in the first half.
Cougar freshman Danny Yarborough displayed some sizzle, too, as he scored on a 25-yard goal in the first half. Yarborough’s score put Lafayette Christian on top, 3-2 halfway through the first half.
But the Knights would tie the match at 3-3 on a 20yard goal from freshman midfielder Will Cole. Calvary Christian would then take the lead at 4-3 late in the first half on a Chris Prudent 15-yard score. Prudent is a senior forward for the Knights.
The next goal came in the first 10 minutes of the second half on an 8-yard goal from Calvary Christian’s Lundon Danford. The boys from Columbus had a 5-3 lead.
They still had to hold on during the final minutes of the game. Lafayette Christian made numerous attempts at scoring. The Cougars had 14 shots-on-goal in the boys soccer match.
But just one more kick went into the goal for LCS. Junior midfielder Serik Rosencrants scored late in the game for the Cougars on a 15-yard knuckle-grinder.
Logan Wright had an assist on the goal for the Cougars. Lafayette Christian’s next match will come in the GICAA Boys State Tournament next Monday against Colonial Hills Christian at LCS.
The first round game will get underway at 4:30 p.m.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer