It was a busy week for the Eagles. On Monday vs Elmwood Park we got on the board early with a goal from Erin Vander Plaat who finished with a hat trick. Cassidy Martin added two goals as we defeated the Crusaders 6-0.
Next up was Glen Rock. After losing 1-0 in the final two minutes on their turf, the Eagles were motivated to come out on top this time around. However, an early Glen Rock goal and a stout defense kept us off the board and we fell 2-0 at Willow.
As Friday rolled around, the Eagles faced another formidable challenge, the very rough and tough Rutherford team. After a damaging first half that included two very early goals (7 mins & 9 mins), the Eagles could have completely given up. Regrouping at halftime with leadership on and off the field from Senior captains Kelly Dykman and Carlin Sietsma, the Eagles turned the tide. Sietsma assisted Erin Vander Plaat for the Eagles’ first goal of the game in the 56th minute. With frustration now brewing on the Rutherford side, the Eagles showed what it means to play as a team. Increased pressure and hard work led to a fantastic pass from Madison Wynbeek to Vander Plaat, who was able to convert a picture perfect volley with the outside of her foot, placed just inside the post to tie the score at two with 4 minutes to go. With overtime looming (could this be a repeat of the last game against Rutherford?), Christina Tartini sent a pass to Vander Plaat, who finished beautifully with just two minutes remaining as the crowd erupted in cheers. This comeback against Rutherford was not only the highlight of the week, but also the highlight of the season. We can not be any prouder of our Eastern Christian Eagles for the example they set as players and shining lights of Christ on and off the field.