In a Monday afternoon 10-goal thriller, the Eagles of Eastern Christian emerged the 6-4 victor over the Bulldogs of Rutherford High School.
The visiting Bulldogs’ Max Moran found the back of the net early in the third minute for the quick 1-0 lead. EC methodically took the lead back at 2-1 on two Jason Englishmen strikes (assists to Clay Sietsma and Sam Veenstra). After the Bulldogs’ senior captain Carl Hakansson. leveled the score in the 33rd minute, Sam Veenstra finished off a cross from brother Jake Veenstra for the 3-2 halftime lead.
EC looked to be in control with an early second half goal (a second PK for Captain Jason Englishmen), but the Bulldogs again leveled the score at 4 with 47th and 52nd goals by William Thomas and Max Moran, respectively.
But the Eagles were not to be denied their first win of the season. Englishmen laced a free kick over the wall, under the bar and into the back of the net for the eventual game-winning goal with 15 minutes left in the game. Sam Veenstra added some breathing room with the team’s 6th goal (and his second) of the afternoon, again off of a cross from brother Jake. Englishmen finished with 4 goals and Veenstra with 2. Eagles senior GK Josh Groenewal saved 8 Bulldog shots.