The Living Grace Christian School Varsity Boys Soccer Team won the Maryland Christian School Tournament State Championship on a golden goal by Josué Escalante in overtime on October 29. After a regular season of 10 wins and one tie, the team earned a number four seed in the tournament of 13 schools. In the first round, the team beat Rosedale Baptist School 5-1. Then in the second round, Living Grace beat Carroll Christian 2-1. In the semifinal game, Living Grace beat the number one seed Holly Grove Christian 6-1 to make it to the final.
In the championship game versus Greater Grace Christian Academy, Living Grace scored first on a goal by Joshua Nuñez. Greater Grace stormed back with two head-ball goals to take a 2-1 lead into half time. Early in the second half, Josué Escalante scored on an assist by Nehemiah Switzer to get the equalizer. Then in the first overtime, Joshua Nuñez passed the ball to Josué Escalante for the golden goal and a 3-2 victory.
Living Grace sweeper Christiand Valdez was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player for his brilliant defense. Other players making the MCST All-Tournament Team were Andrew Switzer, Josué Escalante and Dante Fuentes.
Throughout the season, Captain Eugenio Escalante provided inspirational leadership with nine goals and eight assists. In addition, Nehemiah Switzer excelled at defensive mid with 13 goals and 13 assists. Having a well-rounded offense, the team received contributions from many players: Josué Escalante (17 goals), Andrew Switzer (13 goals), Joshua Nuñez (12 goals), Dante Fuentes (11 goals) and Jose Camacho Saenz (9 goals). Christiand Valdez, Nathan Tiren, Isaac Jimenez and David Sarmiento anchored a defense that gave up less than one goal per game. Andrew Switzer and Kevin Wooden, Jr., provided excellent goalkeeping. Living Grace Christian School is very grateful to the Lord for an outstanding season.
Congratulations on a well-played, winning season! The Living Grace Christian School is located at 20300 Pleasant Ridge Drive. For more information, visit www.lgcs.northgatecc.org.