The Oakwood Christian Academy Eagles saw their 2017 soccer season come to an end on Monday, but not before a valiant effort in the Southern Christian Athletic Association tournament.
Playing at home against fifth-seeded Apostolic Maryville, fourth-seeded Oakwood fell behind 2-0 at halftime, rallied, but ultimately fell one tally short, 3-2.
Seniors D.J. Terry and J.J. Lanham each netted a goal a second-half goal for the Eagles.
Despite the loss, head coach Tony Vona called being a high-enough seed to host a first-round match "a major step in closing the gap for Oakwood Christian High School soccer."
"The second half showed our character," he said. "A shift in tactics produced a number of scoring opportunities and a dominating performance, but we fell short. Each player contributed and left all they had on the field. What a team effort.
"It was heartbreaking not to win this game. However, the effort and character that was displayed all season by this group of kids was special."
Vona went on to say he was "excited to be a part of something this special."
"Unity, closing the gap and honoring God were our goals," he said. "I believed we achieved our goals and then some. A special thank you (goes) to all of our seniors who played like warriors. OCA soccer will continue to close the gap because of the example and effort of this great group of seniors.
"And our fans are second to none. I have to thank them for travelling and raising their voices to encourage the team to go above and beyond. What a pleasure it is to coach OCA soccer."