The Mount Vernon (Washington) Christian High School boys’ soccer team earned their first Washington State 1B/2B championship recently with a 2-1 victory in the final game.
In their 25th season of competing in boys’ soccer, the Hurricanes achieved an undefeated 22-0-0 record. Defensively they conceded only seven goals the entire season. The team also won the Northwest League Championship, the WIAA District One Championship, and 2B/1B Tri-District Championship.
The Hurricanes are coached by Joel Adeline, who was selected as Coach of the Year by Washington Central Soccer. Adeline is 41-3-0 in his two years as the Hurricane head coach. “It was a great achievement, especially by the [six] seniors who started their careers with a team that didn't even make the district playoffs and worked their way to a state title,” said Adeline.
Tyler Houtsma, grade 12, was chosen by Washington Central Soccer as Forward of the Year. Michael Hancock, also grade 12, was chosen as defender of the year. Riley Hood, grade 11, earned Goalkeeper of the Year.
“They represented every good that you would want from a Christian school athletic team on and off the field. They were so humble throughout this season. It’s the best team we have ever had,” Adeline said.
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