Soccer - Varsity Boys
Graham West - Head Coach | EMAIL
Coach West is originally from Toronto, Canada and has resided with his wife and two children in Charlotte, NC since 1993 when he joined staff with the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club sports ministry, where he currently serves as the International Training Director. He has played soccer at various levels for 45 years, including five seasons with the Charlotte Eagles’ pro team and the Fort Wayne Flames professional indoor team. West has been coaching for 30 years at youth, college and pro levels and he continues to train teams and coach locally and internationally in sports ministry. He has been on staff with CDS since 2013 and has enjoyed coaching both boys’ and girls’ JV and Varsity teams.
Mark Steffens - Assistant Coach
Coach Steffens is a native of Huntington, NY. He attended The King's College in New York City, where he earned his BS in Health and Physical Education. Steffens has more than 40 years of playing and coaching experience at the high school, college and professional level. He played four years of college soccer before signing with the New York Apollo, co-champions of the American Soccer League in 1975. He served as an assistant coach for the New York Arrows and New York Express of the Major Indoor Soccer League before moving into the head role with the Arrows in 1986. Steffens returned to youth coaching at the high school level and also served as coaching director for the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL)
After spending his entire life and career in New York, Steffens moved to Charlotte in 1997, where he accepted the head coaching role with the Charlotte Eagles. He served in this role from 1997 to 2014. Under his direction, the club won two USL-2 Championships. He was awarded the USL-2 Coach of the Year award twice in 2004 and 2008 respectively. In 2007, he was named into the USL Hall of Fame. He left as head coach when the Eagles decided to self-relegate after the 2014 season, but currently serves as the team's technical director. Coach Steffens joined the Covenant Day coaching staff in 2016.
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LIONS BEYOND CDS
Phillip Sherrill '06 (Wingate University)
Brittany Gahan '07 (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
Scott Schindler '07 (Covenant College)
Emily Bullard '08 (N.C. State University)
Crystal Miller '08 (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
Jessica Schwertner '08 (Catawba College)
Katy Foltz '09 (Wheaton College)
Katie Weigel '09 (Coastal Carolina University)
Keith Pittman '10 (Wingate University)
Rachel Blong '12 (Mars Hill College)
Michael Stewart '13 (Queens University)
Caleb Allen '13 (Covenant College
Skylar Ulry '14 (Messiah College)
Maddie Coggins ’17 (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
Alina McCue ’17 (Mercer University)
Rachel Peterson ’17 (Montreat College)
Jack Allen ’17 (Covenant College)
Julius Klohr ’17 (Houghton College)
Nathan Sharrett ’17 (Indiana Wesleyan University)
Elizabeth Ashley '17 (Wheaton College)
Natalie Shires '18 (Warren Wilson College)
Coleman Ulry '18 (Calvin College)
Soccer - Varsity Boys
Game Recap 9/8/2018 vs Christ School
The Varsity Lions hit the road for their game at Christ School on Saturday, Sept. 8th. Minutes before the kickoff, the skies opened up and produced a downpour that delayed the start of the game and resulted in a very wet field. When the game finally began, Ethan Lewis pounced on a loose ball inside the box and scored within the first ten minutes of play. Jacob Goodling proceeded to deliver a dangerous ball into the box from the corner that the keeper was unable to handle and the Lions went up 2-0. After the halftime break CDS came out to the pitch determined to keep their lead. Halfway through the second period, Davis Harrelson combined with Ethan Lewis at the top of the box which freed up Davis to take a third goal past the keeper. Christ School got one goal back after a quality solo run by one of their players who tucked the ball in at the far post. The Lions finished strong as they scored their fourth and final goal of the match when Heyward Bryan slipped the ball behind the Christ School backs to Bilton Fieldsend, who slotted the ball calmly past the GK. Next up for the Lions is a home game agains conference opponent, Charlotte Christian on 9/13.
Game Recap 8/28/2018 vs GCAA
The team played its first home game of the season on August 28th, against the team from the Greater Cabarrus Athletic Association. Zach Brighton initiated the scoring for the Lions when he served a beautiful ball to Luke Engstrom, who got on the end of it and beat the goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead. Davis Harrelson followed that up with another goal, to increase the Lions' lead. Engstrom served up a ball into the box off a corner kick, and Jacob Goodling got on the end of it to make it 3-0. The Lions finished out the game with a 6-0 victory. Additional goals were scored by Ben Henderson, with a header off a Heyward Bryan serve, and Ethan Lewis who scored two goals with an assist from Zach Coleman.
Game Recap 8/17-8/18 Tournament at Wesleyan Christian Academy
Our Varsity Lions traveled to Wesleyan Christian Academy to compete in a preseason tournament over the August 17-18 weekend. On Friday afternoon, the Lions challenged the Cougars of High Point Christian in a 4:15 matchup. The team got off to a strong start, as Jacob Goodling scored early off a corner kick served up by Luke Engstrom. The Cougars responded with a goal of their own to level the score, but our Lions netted another goal shortly after, and carried a convincing 5-1 lead into the halftime break. The team added two more goals in the second half to end the match with a 7-1 result over the Cougars. Several Lions got in on the scoring action, including Goodling (2) Davis Harrelson, Luke Engstrom, Ethan Lewis, Heyward Bryan and Zach Coleman. Coach West said it was important to establish rhythm and control in the first half. Once they did, they were able to manage the game well because of the position they had, and rest players for Saturday's 1:00 game vs. Wesleyan Christian.
On Saturday, 8/18, our team took on Wesleyan Christian, last season's state champions. In the first half of play, Jacob Goodling won a ball off the Wesleyan backs and took it to the net with a hard shot inside the post past the keeper to put the Lions ahead 1-0. The Trojans responded with a goal of their own and equalized just before the halftime break. The second half was a back-and-forth battle, but the Lions scored first as Stuart Davies flew down the left side of the field and served a perfect ball into the box that Ethan Lewis directed into the goal. Wesleyan once again drew the score level and kept the intensity high giving them the opportunity to win a ball in the box for a goal and a 3-2 lead. As the time was running down, the Lions got a free kick 40 yards out. CDS players flooded the goal box and Luke Engstrom got his head on the ball served up by Goodling. Engstrom skipped it off his head and tucked inside the back post for a tie score at the end of regulation. After two overtime periods, the score remained knotted and the result was decided by penalty kicks, with the Trojans besting the Lions by two.
Game Recap 8/14/2018
The Covenant Day School boys varsity soccer team opened up their 2018 season on a warm afternoon at Statesville Christian. SCS, the 1-A state champs last year, came out with a lot of pressure and intensity, but CDS got on the scoreboard first as Luke Engstrom drove a bending ball straight into the goal directly off a corner kick. Not too soon after, Engstrom got his head on the end of a Jacob Goodling cross into the box which was saved by the GK, but then finished by Ben Seibert at close range. Goodling capitalized on a chance to score as he challenged a ball from about 5 yards out and put it in the back of the net. CDS seemed to take their foot off the pedal a little bit and before they knew it, SCS had come back with two goals of their own to close the gap to 3-2 at the half. The Lions came out in the second half with purpose and once again began to take control of the game. CDS continued to pressure the opponent's goal with wave after wave of attack. Their efforts were rewarded when Davis Harrelson put a powerful header past the GK on the end of the Luke Engstrom cross. Ethan Lewis rounded out the scoring by getting a break in behind their backline, popping the ball over the keeper and calmly heading the ball in the back of the net. SCS finished the game with 10 men as one of their players was ejected after his second yellow card. Covenant Day out-possessed their opponent for the remainder of the game to take the win and go 1-0 to start the season. The team will be in action again this weekend at a tournament hosted by Wesleyan Christian.