"My prayer is that WCHS and CVCA give off a pleasing, Christ-like aroma to the staff at Crew stadium and to the administration of the OHSAA." – Tom Anglea, WCHS Principal.
Many eyes will be looking for excellent skill, hard play, and good sportsmanship when two Christian schools play for the top prize in Ohio high school soccer. The Worthington Christian (WC) Warriors and the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (CVCA) Royals will meet in a high school Division III State Title Soccer Match on Friday at noon in Crew Stadium. Both of these schools have had powerhouse soccer programs for years. In the past decade alone, the Warriors have made eight OHSAA state appearances – winning it all in 2006. The Royals are making their 5th state appearance in the last ten years and are seeking their 3rd state championship.
Although two great teams are meeting in a state championship contest, the focus of the schools that they represent goes far beyond a gold medal around the necks of the players. The main goal of these schools is to have their teams represent Christ.
Worthington Christian’s high school principal, Tom Anglea, writes in an email to the Warrior community:
“I have always wondered if the officials would see a difference in the sportsmanship of two teams competing who bear the name of Christ. Would the officials notice a difference in the head coaches as two men, who name the name of Christ, lead their teams? Would the fans reactions to controversial or even poor calls be any different as parents and fans, many of whom claim to be Christ followers, react to the official’s calls? Would the two student sections cheer passionately for their own team, or would taunts and chants directed at the opposing team fill the stadium, as is all so often the norm in athletic competition?”
There is a lot more at stake at Crew Stadium than just a state title. The administration and staff at the schools of these storied programs see this game as an opportunity for their teams to be a witness for Christ. It is a platform to show the state what it means to be part of a Christian sports program.
Little known fact:
Most high school soccer fans do not know that this game is a rematch of the 1985 Ohio ACSI Soccer State Championship. In the 80’s many of Ohio’s Christian schools participated in both the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) state tournament and the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state tournament. The championship game was played on the Campus of Malone College in Canton, OH. After a 2-2 score in regulation and through two overtime periods. The WC Warriors outlasted the CVCA Royals 5-4 in a shootout, winning their first official yet highly unrecognized state championship.