Cougars gear up for playoffs

By Kevin Eckleberry

April 10, 2014

They’re region champions again, and now they’re hoping to make a run at a state title.

The Lafayette Christian School boys’ soccer team has repeated as the champion of GISA Region 4-AA, and the goal now is to be as prepared as possible for the state tournament that begins in a few weeks.

The Cougars were at Callaway Stadium on Thursday for a non-region game against Calvary Christian, and while they controlled the ball for the bulk of the game, they ended up falling 5-2.

The Cougars’ two goals were scored by Caleb Corban and Elvis Wassawa.

“We possessed the ball the majority of the game,” Lafayette Christian coach Shannon Powell said. “Typically when you do that, you win the game. We just didn’t do our job up front and finish.”

Despite Thursday’s hiccup, it has been a banner season for the Cougars, who were the top dog in their four-team region.

Last year after winning the region, the Cougars made it to the state semifinals before falling to Frederica Academy.

This year’s team has one more regular-season game remaining, on Tuesday at Heritage School, before the state tournament begins.

The state draw hasn’t been unveiled yet, and while there’s a possibility the Cougars could get a first-round bye, Powell hopes that isn’t the case.

“I’m hoping we don’t get a bye in the first round,” Powell said. “I’d like to play all the way through the tournament, just to keep our skill level up.”

The Lafayette Christian girls’ team, meanwhile, will play its final game today at home against LaGrange Academy after falling to Calvary Christian 7-1 on Thursday.

Miranda Powell scored Lafayette Christian’s goal.

Because the team has used some home-schooled players this season, it is ineligible for the GISA state playoffs.

The Lady Cougars also won a region title a year ago and made it to the second round of the state tournament, but they were hit hard by graduation.

“It was a tough season,” Powell said. “It’s tough when you lose seven players from the varsity squad, and half the team are eighth-graders. If they all come back, we have great potential the next few years.”