BY KALISHA MENDONSA
The Central Alberta Christian High School (CACHS) Knights boys’ soccer team has a lot to live up to this year if they want to defend their title at the top of the league.
Last year, the Knights dominated the Central Alberta Schools Soccer League, with a perfect season under their feet. Head Coach Travis Eggnik said he’s hoping to see the same kind of high-level play from the team, even with some new faces on the roster.
“Last season was a great year for our team,” Eggnik said. “The guys had a bit more experience on the team, and in the past we were seeing guys who hadn’t really played much before. Last year was the first year I had a full team of guys who knew the game well and were ready to work at a little higher level.”
Eggnik said he’s very proud to be working with these students, and is hoping to continue their reputation as a strong contender.
That reputation is off to a good start with CACHS having a couple of strong exhibition games under their feet. On April 21st, the Knights stomped the Lacombe Composite High School (LCHS) Rams 9-0 in an exhibition match held at the brand new CACHS home field.
The boys were able to play the inaugural game on the new field, which has been in the works since 2015. After many months of waiting, their time has finally come.
Eggnik said the team is eager to get started with the regular season.
“It was great to have quite a successful season. We had some close games, but were really able to come out on top last season. It was a lot of fun,” he said.
“This year, the guys are definitely looking to build on that. We have a lot of guys returning, but have an all new defensive line, but they are guys who want to learn and do have a bit of experience, too. We’re excited to see what we can repeat this year.”
Eggnik said that even with the addition of new members to the team, they have some experience with the game and he believes the team will be one to stand up to opposition this year.
Ahead of the official season getting underway, the Knights have been working exhibition games to get them comfortable and ready to go.
The CACHS Knights head up to Edmonton this weekend to get a few kicks in with the Parkland Christian High School, Edmonton Christian High School and Strathcona Christian High School.
Eggnik joked and said since the guys are doing so well with their exhibition games, it may be good for them to see a bit of a challenge in Edmonton. That way, they come into the regular season level-headed and ready to go.
“We don’t want to take anything for granted, but it seems like we have a pretty strong team this year already,” Eggnik said.
After this weekend’s games, the boys will begin their regular season on May 9th, with a game against the Notre Dame High School Cougars.