Leesburg Christian School ODACS Girls Soccer State Champions: Front left to right – Maria Koehler, Abby Larock, Bekah Beall, Sarah Koehler, Laila Pirnazar. Back left to right: Amber Nguyen, Coach Christa Schlichting, Sarah Beall, Briana Lucas, Joceline Varela, Karter Corini, Rodelle Benitoe, Olivia Bolling, Ashly Subiria, Trinity Walraven, Zhila Pirnazar, and Coach Howie Schlichting. Not Pictured – Elisabeth Peter / Photo courtesy Leesburg Christian School.
Leesburg, VA (May 29, 2016) – On May 20 and 24, Leesburg Christian School hosted the Old Dominion Association of Church Schools (ODACS) girls’ soccer state championship. The weekend became even more historic after the Lady Lions dispatched the Evangel Christian School Eagles and the Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy Patriots en route to a fifth straight state title, and their sixth straight appearance in the championship game.
The Lady Lions jumped out to large leads in the first half of both matches thanks to the stellar play of tournament MVP Sarah Koehler, and her fellow center midfielder Laila Pirnazar. Coupled with a defense that only allowed two goals all tournament, the Lady Lions had the makings of a championship team poised to hoist the first-place trophy, which they did after defeating FBTA 5-1 in the final. Rebekah Beall, Rodelle Benitoe, and Laila Pirnazar joined MVP Sarah Koehler in earning all-tournament team honors.