Homeschoolers win soccer championship


Members of The Hawks are Peyton Benz, Chase Crosby, Johnny VanEerden, Noah Williams, Mark Rowan, Peter VanEerden, James Rowan, Dylan Moye, Nathaniel VanEerden, Zach Moye, Cole Walker, Ben Rowan, Joey VanEerden, Jeff Rowan (coach), David Rowan (equipment manager), Scott VanEerden, Sam Conrad. Not pictured are Ben Bost, Micah Mullis, Isaiah Dantoin and Mitchell Gifford.


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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — After an eight and a half hour trip, 18 boys and their families from Winston-Salem and surrounding counties traveled more than 400 miles to Evansville to compete in the National Homeschool Division II Soccer Championship.

The Hawks, coached by Jeff Rowan of Winston-Salem, competed with teams from 11 states to capture the national title. FHE won three preliminary matches to reach the finals on Halloween afternoon against the Chase Conquerors of Wisconsin. Clinching the title with a 4-2 win, they brought their overall season record to 16-4-2. The team’s defense was anchored by goalie, Johnny VanEerden, who topped off his season with 127 saves.

Captains Dylan Moye and Noah Williams with Elkin juniors Cole Walker and Chase Crosby, held the back line together playing a solid defense to reach the final game. Walker was led the team with the most interceptions, while Crosby helped with a goal from the defense in the tournament play. The offense was led by top scorers Ben Bost and Mark Rowan with three goals a piece.

To top off the weekend at the closing awards ceremony, the team’s starting defensive midfielder, Ben Rowan, was named to the National All-Star team. While losing only two seniors, the Hawks are hoping for another national title in 2016.

This was a submitted story sent to The Tribune. If you’d like a local sports story covered, whether it’s a Little League Baseball championship writeup, or soccer stats from an out-of-state tournament, contact Ryan DeCosta at [email protected]

Members of The Hawks are Peyton Benz, Chase Crosby, Johnny VanEerden, Noah Williams, Mark Rowan, Peter VanEerden, James Rowan, Dylan Moye, Nathaniel VanEerden, Zach Moye, Cole Walker, Ben Rowan, Joey VanEerden, Jeff Rowan (coach), David Rowan (equipment manager), Scott VanEerden, Sam Conrad. Not pictured are Ben Bost, Micah Mullis, Isaiah Dantoin and Mitchell Gifford.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_6688.jpgMembers of The Hawks are Peyton Benz, Chase Crosby, Johnny VanEerden, Noah Williams, Mark Rowan, Peter VanEerden, James Rowan, Dylan Moye, Nathaniel VanEerden, Zach Moye, Cole Walker, Ben Rowan, Joey VanEerden, Jeff Rowan (coach), David Rowan (equipment manager), Scott VanEerden, Sam Conrad. Not pictured are Ben Bost, Micah Mullis, Isaiah Dantoin and Mitchell Gifford. Submitted Photo
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