The Faith Christian boys soccer team has a target on its back.
The Lions are the defending PIAA Class A champions, and won four of the last five District One titles, including last season.
“There’s pressure and that’s just how it is,” Faith Christian senior Marcus Pringle said. “Everyone knows who we are now.”
The Lions are well on the way to securing a top spot in this year’s district tourney and helped their cause with Monday’s 7-0 victory over host MaST Charter in a Bicentennial Athletic League contest.
Faith Christian got off to a slow start, but once the Lions got going, they really got going.
“We were a little slow at the beginning but once we put one away, I think it started to click,” Faith Christian senior captain Peyton Curry said. “We started to find feet around them and just play our game.”
Pringle found the net midway through the first half, and that started a deluge of goals. Colin Moyer put one in with an assist from Bobby Elitz, then Pringle hit the mark again, followed by an Elitz goal.
Christopher Evans put the finishing touch on a five-goal first half with an assist from Randall Elvin.
In the second half, Titus Gardner scored back-to-back goals, the second with an assist from Kieran Rea, and Liam Rea put the exclamation point on the win.
“We knew that we should be able to take care of business and I think we did a pretty good job of that overall,” Curry said.
“We’re mostly looking game to game and focusing on whatever team we have next. In the beginning of the season, we didn’t do that and a couple of teams caught us by surprise so we don’t want to do that again. I think we’re getting back on track now.”
Curry is the first baseman for the Faith Christian baseball team, and is a member of student council. He plans to attend High Point in North Carolina, where he will major in criminal justice. He hopes to go into data analytics.