Second-seeded Atlantic Christian School (15-3-1) defeated top-seeded Calvary Academy 3-2 to win the Tri-State Christian Athletic Conference championship for the third consecutive year Wednesday.
At Lakeside Park in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, Lola Ogunatuase scored the game-winning goal unassisted for the Cougars with 15 minutes left to play.
Rebecca Darragh and Chloe Vogel added one goal apiece, and Shelby Einwetcher made eight saves.
Heidi Nelson scored both goals for Calvary, and Rebecca Arleth made 10 saves.
“It’s a big accomplishment,” Atlantic Christian coach Carly Witherow said.
“Three years ago is the first time we ever won the title, and we kept the ball rolling. It was a close game played in bad conditions, and it was awesome to get through it and win.”
Oguntuase, a senior, was named MVP of the league and was voted to the all-star team, along with teammates Vogel, Darragh, Einwetcher and Lindsey Ash.
“It was amazing, and I’m just thankful for all the girls and their efforts and thank God for giving me the opportunity to play here and win this title,” Oguntuase said.
“It felt like we were complete as a team, from my point of view. I was able to play on the same field where I played as a freshman, and it brought back memories.”
Atlantic Christian lost at Lakeside Park in the 2015 title game.
Oguntuase added, “Atlantic Christian is a place where you make friends and family, and it’s a place that you’ll always come back to after you graduate.”