Cy Christian boys earn district title
By L. SCOTT HAINLINE
For the first time ever, Cypress Christian carried a TAPPS winter soccer district championship into the playoffs.
Under the direction of new coach Roy Erikson, the Warriors captured top honors in TAPPS Division III District 5 with a 3-1 victory at Bay Area Christian last week.
I believe the school has played soccer for seven seasons and it is special for the players that this is the first district title," Erikson said. We have players back from a team that finished second last season, and you could just tell they would be a very competitive team.
Some of them have played soccer their entire life, and they've been able to play together as a family, and it's been tremendous to watch their different skills come together."
The Warriors scored 76 goals during the regular season with most coming from senior David Ajibero, junior Usman Mohammed and freshman Jacob Borkovich.
Ajibero started the season at forward, but he's now playing a defensive mid," Erikson said. He's a big factor for us there, and he can still move up and score.
Mohammed and Borkovich have teamed up extremely well offensively and they feed off each other."
Erikson has plenty to say about senior center midfielder Michael Teague.
He's the rock on offense and defense, and the glue that holds the team together," the coach said. He has a huge leadership role."
Senior defender Jacob Reed can be plugged in anywhere, and goalkeeper Timothy Starbuck has been solid in his freshman season.
Reed just wants to play, and he's very versatile, and that gives us several options," Erikson said, and we started out with three keepers, but Starbuck stepped up and we found out pretty quickly who it would be."
Borkovich scored two goals and Mohammed netted the other in the win against Bay Area that clinched the crown and gave Cypress Christian an 11-1 season-and-district record.
It was a special moment for these guys, and they worked very hard to get there," Erikson said.
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