Coulee Christian boys soccer credit resiliency, senior leadership for 2020 season success

In boys soccer, Coulee Christian is a team on a roll this fall. The Eagles have locked up a two seed for next week’s regional playoffs, and they’ve secured their first South Central Conference title since joining a few years ago.

Part of the success comes from their experience level. They’ve got eight seniors, including three up top who routinely have the team scoring at least three goals a game.

It was actually a slower start for this group, losing two of their first five, but since then, they’d gone unbeaten in seven straight contests.

“We just approached it from the perspective of, hey, let’s learn from our mistakes and see the value in the failures that maybe we had in those games,” coach Tony Nehring said.

“Since those games, we’ve been wanting it a lot more, because we have a bunch of seniors on the team this year,” senior Caleb Deleeuw said. “Knowing this is our last season, we have to give it our best. I think that helped us a lot.”

Deleeuw is one of three attacking seniors up top on the pitch. Deleeuw came into Thursday with 17 goals and three separate hat tricks last week.

“He’s super aggressive, he’s very skilled on the ball,” Nehring said of Deleeuw. “He’s been playing traveling leagues since he was really young, so to have an athlete like him in a school our size is a blessing.”

“Having the guys to help me out–they’re setting me up with perfect opportunities, so it’s been super nice, super easy,” Deleeuw said.

The other two forwards Austin Moses and Mike Mertes have added 19 goals and 14 assists to the attack. All three of them have been four-year starters.