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Men's Soccer
Season Review (2011-2012)


On the heels of two consecutive national championships, the 2011 year for Clearwater soccer was seen by many around the country as a rebuilding year. However, despite half of the 24-man squad being freshmen, the Cougars won their third straight South Region Championship and were in the mix again at the NCCAA DII National Tournament.

The 2011 schedule was arguably the toughest in school history, with five games against NCAA DII opponents and six matches against NAIA foes. After an up-and-down regular season, the Cougars played their best soccer of the year in the Regional and National Tournaments. Clearwater closed out the last nine games of the season with a 6-2-1 record.

Clearwater played host for the South Region Tournament, and faced Toccoa Falls College in the semifinal. CCC defeated Toccoa twice during the season by identical 1-0 scores. After a tentative first half, the score was knotted at one per team. The Cougar attack then ran riot in the second half, scoring 3 goals, highlighted by Senior Walter Scharf's rocket to put the game away and allow Clearwater to advance to the final to play Point University. The championship was a more defensive affair, with the Cougars scoring in the 19th minute and holding on for a 1-0 win to give them a third straight regional championship and trip to the National Tournament.

Following a wild 4-3 quarterfinal victory over Manhattan Christian College, Clearwater's march to the National Final was derailed by eventual champion, Moody Bible Institute. The Cougars fought back from two goals down in the first half, but could not find the equalizer late and fell 2-1. The team rebounded to win the third place game again Ohio Christian, 2-1 and finished with an overall record of 10-11-2.

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Playing soccer in college is such a gift that God has given me. I love playing soccer. Even before Christ saved me, soccer was my escape when things were rough in my life. It was everything to me. But now that God has so gloriously captivated my life, He's letting me use my love for soccer to help me love Him more. I always think ahead to the future, and I just know that some of my best college memories will be from playing. God has also taught me so much through playing. Probably the biggest thing being, to just step back and realize that every game could be of eternal significance, if I would just play it that way. To play for Him. Lessons, life long friendships, and good times.