play in a brutally tough conference like Plymouth Christian Academy's
boys soccer team does, you may not end up with a sterling record.
But the challenging, no-cupcakes schedule will definitely toughen you up for the end-of-the-season games that matter most.
The Eagles finished near the middle of the pack this fall in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference -- the league most experts consider the most competitive Division 4 league in the state -- but they finished at the top of Saturday's District tournament at Inter-City Baptist, outplaying Lutheran Westland, 4-2.
It was the Eagles' first District title since 2004.
PCA didn't let a 1-0 halftime deficit get it down against the Warriors, who seized the lead on a Kent Krzyske goal.
The Eagles knotted the game at 1-1 on senior Blair Robinson's header over the outstretched hands of the Warriors' keeper.
Senior Don Mullett continued his season-long goal-scoring barrage with a pair of goals mid-way through the second half that put PCA ahead for good, 3-1.
Senior Jordan Machonga then put a little icing on the District championship cake with a trophy-clinching net-finder.
The championship performance earned PCA a berth in Tuesday's Regional semifinal match against host Jackson Christian. The opening kick is set for 3:45 p.m.
PCA advanced to Saturday's District final by throttling Huron Valley Lutheran, 7-0, on Thursday. The Eagles led 4-0 at the half and never looked back.
Jordan Allen recorded his third shutout of the season and while Mullett, Machonga and Matt Zandee combined for four goals.
Ed Wright can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 453-1980.