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Faith dominates Bicentennial foe MaST Charter

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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.

The Lions outshot the Panthers by a 29-1 margin.
The wide margin of victory allowed Faith Christian coach Ryan Clymer to give more players time on the field.
“The bench gave us a lot of minutes today and they played well,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to get playing time, and that’s invaluable. You don’t know when they’re going to get in and when their number is called, you want them to have a little game time under their belt.”
Pringle also felt that it was important for his teammates to see playing time.
“It was great to see some of the other kids get into the game,” he said. “Some of them are also seniors but some of them are younger and it’s nice to see them get ready for the team when we leave.”
Pringle is the center midfielder.
“I didn’t start at the beginning of the season because I was a little out of shape, but now I am,” he said.
In addition to soccer, he runs the 100, 200, 110 hurdles and is on the 4x100 relay for the Faith Christian track team, and he also plans to play basketball. He will major in pre-med at Liberty University, and hopes to become a surgeon.
Clymer is excited to see what happens next.
“We’ve changed some lineups, changed some formations, changed some kids, and I think it’s starting to pay off for us,” he said. “We’re starting to jell a little bit. It took us a little while, but we’ve still got some of the regular season left and then playoffs and I’m very much looking forward to it.
He feels the 2020 state title is in the past.
“We talk about how just because we won something last year doesn’t mean we’ve won anything this year,” he said. “It’s a whole different year, a different group of guys. If you weren’t on the team last year, if you didn’t see playing time, you didn’t win anything. There is a little pressure, some from within the league, but I’d rather be on this side of it.”


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