We Are Proud To Be Screaming Eagles

On October 31, the Screaming Eagles Men’s Soccer team took on Clearwater Christian College for the fight to advance to the regional championship game the next day. The battle between CCC and TFC was nerve racking and exciting! The crowd was on their feet the entire game rooting for our Screaming Eagles to take the win! In the end, the final score, after penalty kicks, was 5-4 with the Screaming Eagles advancing to face Trinity Baptist College for the title of Region Champions.

Here are some top recaps from the Clearwater game: The first recap and more memorable would be the on-goal! We are rewarded a free kick after CCC fouled and Steven took the free kick for the Eagles. The ball was placed from half-field, after a little while of the ball being passed around, #13 from CCC went to clear the ball and it ended up being lobbed over his own keeper’s head and into the back of their net. Thus, giving the Screaming Eagles a goal! Another recap was actually when Clearwater scored their goal. They received the ball after a bad pass from our players, after passing the ball around the field, CCC lined up to take a shot at the goal, but one of his players redirected the ball with his backside and it scored them the goal! The third recap would be Seth VanHorn saving the final shot that CCC was able to make before time ran out! This entire time, the crowd never stop encouraging their Screaming Eagles. The fight was tough, but having the energy surging from the stands to the field helped the Screaming Eagles endure and push on to complete the game and claim the win! In the end, the final score, after penalty kicks, was 5-4 with the Screaming Eagles advancing to face Trinity Baptist College for the title of Region Champions.

Now that the Screaming Eagles triumphed over the Clearwater Christian College, they advanced to the championship game against Trinity Baptist College the next night. The bleachers were filled to the max with pumped up fans cheering on our Toccoa Falls Screaming Eagles! Unfortunately, our Screaming Eagles fell to TBC with an ending score of 1-3. Even though they were unable to claim the win, there were memorable moments that were made on and off the field.

The first and more memorable moment was Juh Yang Kim scored his very first goal and the only goal that Toccoa Falls was able to score that night. The ball was crossed over and sent to Aaron Wade, but he was unable to make the catch and the ball rolled over to Juh’s foot and he cocked his foot back, hitting ball into the back of the net! The crowd erupted with shouts of excitement and encouragement!  The second memorable moment would be how hard our goalie worked! Just in the first half, freshman Seth VanHorn had around seven saves! Although we lost to the TBC and did not claim the title of region championships, our Screaming Eagles will always be number one in our hearts.

Eagles Take Regional Championship

The magic continued for the TFC baseball team this past weekend as the Eagles captured the NCCAA Division II South Regional Championship winning the final game of the tournament 8-3. After a receiving a bye on Thursday, the Eagles started the tournament on Friday by defeating Florida Christian College 7-3. With the win, the Eagles extended their 12 game winning streak and improved to 28-15-1 on the season. Sophomore Justin Key pitched a complete game for the Eagles and Junior Corey Warner dominated at the plate as he hit three doubles in the game. Senior Cory Klassen also had a great day at the plate driving in 3 runs.

The Eagles then lost their first game on Saturday of the double elimination tournament falling 7-5 to FCC, as FCC had advanced through the loser’s bracket. The loss set up the championship game against FCC which the Eagles won 8-3. Junior Micah Ellington started the game pitching for the Eagles and senior Nate Bowen relieved Ellington with one out in the fourth. In the fourth inning, with the score tied 2-2, with two outs, freshman, Zach Warner nailed a two-run double scoring Wesley Warren and Josh Ward. Senior Cam Fulcher then drove in Warner with a single and the Eagles led 5-2. Bowen gave up a solo homerun in the top of the 6th inning, but the Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the inning when junior, Andrew Thorne and Cory Klassen both hit shots to deep left doubling off the wall giving the Eagles an 8-3 lead. After the game Bowen commented on the season and the regional championship. “I have had a great year on the mound, but I know it’s nothing more than God blessing me my last year of ball. The championship game was a lot of fun, but I knew I couldn’t make a lot of mistakes because Florida Christian is well coached and disciplined team.” Bowen also was sure to give credit to Thorne and Sophomore Jordan Coullaird for making awesome defensive plays along with giving credit to the rest of the defense for their outstanding play.

After the game, the Eagles were presented with their first Regional championship banner since 1995 and All-Conference honors were given. Thorne received All-Conference Honorable Mention. Sophomore Dylan Charles, Couillard, Bowen and Zach Warner were named to the All-Conference first team. Zach Warner was also named Freshman of the Year and Bowen received Pitcher of the Year. TFC Head Coach Justin Pollock also earned Coach of the Year.

The Eagles have now earned the right to defend their NCCAA Division II championship from a year ago as they will be traveling to Ohio for NCCAA Division II World Series. When asked about going to nationals with a chance to repeat Bowen said, “The team needs to stay focused and humble because all the teams there are great and are fighting for the same title. Expectations for the team are high this year, but nothing will be met if we forget the basic fundamentals of the game. As a team we realize this is an awesome opportunity and will never forget to give God the glory for the talent he has blessed us with this year.” GO EAGLES!