The Cascade Christian Challenger boys conclude league play with a 7-0 record (8-1 overall) and their first first-place finish after defeating Rogue Valley Adventist 4-2. Tired and banged up, the Challengers held off a determined RVA opponent.
Freshman Mikey Melvin scored first for Cascade in the 10th minute. He took a pass from Jonny McCoy and fired it upper left for this third goal of the year.
After a Jordan Melugin goal tied things up, Levi Sciapiti took a McCoy pass and got the team back in front with his 15th goal of the campaign. Levi Marincus’ seventh goal of 2021 gave the Challengers a little insurance, and McCoy finished off the scoring with his 20th off a pass from Melvin.
Senior Connor Willis provided valuable minutes off the bench in relief of ailing defender Brandon Parker. Samuel Hewitt and Josh Clark also afforded time to rest for Nathan Spurlock and Ryan Crowl. Once a defender himself, Sciapiti spent extensive minutes on the backline to help Anders Meilicke, Solomon Hewitt, goalkeeper Dylan Westlake and Willis fend off an aggressive Hawks attack.
Monday, the Challengers open playoff action against 7-2 Dayton, who finished second to Western Christian/Amity in Oregon 3A/2A/1A District 2. The match is scheduled for Monday night at 6pm in Pleasant Hill.