The Clarkston Everest Collegiate Boys Soccer team made school history twice within a week.
They claimed their first district championship with a 2-0 win over Oakland Christian, with both goals scored by Luke Walker, Oct. 19.
Next, they won their first regional championship title. They shut out Roscommon in the MHSAA Division 4 Boys Soccer Regional 15 Semifinals, 3-0, Oct. 22.
That was followed by a hard fought battle against Bad Axe. The Mountaineers were down 1-0 after the first half. They tied the score in the second half with a goal from Anthony Felix on a rebound of a shot by Walker.
With 7:30 left in the game, the Mountaineers sealed the win off another shot by Felix, off a throw in from Fernando Caccia. The shot was stopped but during Bad Axe’s efforts to clear the ball from the net, the ball went in.
John Haezebrouck, head coach, shared before playoffs, the strong leadership of his seniors and togetherness and bond the players have.
“There is a willingness to work together and achieve their goals as one,” he said, when the team was 11-2. “There is a direct correlation between the work they’ve put in together and the results they’ve earned as a team.”
The Mountaineers (14-3-1) competes in the semifinal at Troy Athens on Wednesday. The winner moves on to the state championship on Nov. 2.
The Mountaineers are freshmen TJ Abraham, Jose De Nigris, Minjun Kim, Luke Marshall, Joey Morrison, Luke Walker, Tom Williams; sophomores Luke Abraham, Sawyer Arbogast, Lucas Cross, Jake Jackson, Luis Mata, Johnny Morrison, Charlie Reichert, Tony Santoro; juniors Riccardo Bevilacqua, Vicente Cantergiani, Anthony Felix, Emiliano Ramirez-Soto; seniors Fernando Caccia, Jack Cross, Eduardo Dominguez, Alex Earnhardt, Matt Stafford, with managers freshmen Juan Carlos Barron, Jose Luis Calvo and sophomore Juan Tachna.