Wednesday was the final night game on the calendar for the Eagles of Eastern Christian. Perfect weather and a formidable opponent in the Rams of Lodi High School set the stage for a great night. Lodi’s attack was particularly strong in the first half, when it was the Alexis Gonzalez show. Gonzalez had a first half hat-trick to put the Rams up 3-1 at the half. The lone EC first half goal was scored by the Eagles’ Sam Veenstra.
Something kicked into gear for EC at the half, because the Eagles would mount a major comeback, winning the half 3-0 and the game 4-3 in the game’s dying minutes. Senior captain Jason Englishmen converted a Penalty Kick to put the game within one. Senior Jon Veenstra’s long throw-in continues to be a formidable weapon for the Eagles as that set up the game’s tying and go-ahead goals, both scored by senior defender Henry Ruitenberg. The large crowd erupted on the Eagle’s 4th goal, as it pushed EC to victory in the game’s final minutes.
Thanks to all of the fans for continued support and a great night-game atmosphere. Up next for the Eagles, a Thursday practice, followed by a Friday away game at Elmwood Park.