The girls’ soccer team of Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Mich., won its second consecutive state championship, rallying from a 1-0 deficit to post a 2-1 victory in the championship game.
Calvin Christian High School girls’ soccer team.
The Squires, who finished the season with a record of 19-2-4, allowed only one goal in its seven state tournament games—in the first half of the championship game.
Emily VanVliet scored the game-winning goal early in the second half. A potential game-tying shot late in the game hit the crossbar and was covered up by Squires’ goalkeeper Jordyn Postema.
“This title is a great accomplishment and means so much to this year’s team, since we’ve heard all season about how we lost nine seniors from last year’s state title team,” Squires’ Coach Tim TerHaar said.
Calvin Christian shut out 19 opponents this season and allowed only nine goals, TerHaar said.
“Our five seniors have truly embodied what it means to be leaders and have served their team so well. I’m very proud of them, and the entire team, for representing their school and community in such a positive way and for their commitment to showing that we are Christ’s ambassadors,” added TerHaar, a member of Fuller Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.