The Asheville Christian Academy cross country team traveled to Raleigh last week to compete in the Great American Cross Country Festival. Both the boys and girls teams finished 12th out of 25 teams. The Lions were highlighted by Reece Collie who finished 8th overall while setting a personal best time of 16:23.
The Lion runners are gearing up for the upcoming state cross country meet. This year the event will take place in Western North Carolina at Jackson Park in Hendersonville on Friday, October 26. The Lions have moved up in classification this season and are competing in the 3A race. The girls are scheduled to start at 11:45am. The boys race will start at 12:30pm. For more information about the state meet you can visit www.ncisaa.org.
The Lion soccer team dropped a penalty kick thriller on the road at Asheville School last week. Asheville School jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead but the Lions fought their way back into the contest in the second half. Sam Flagler got the scoring started in the 53rd minute off a pass from Graham Collie. Jesse Pruitt scored the second goal of the half in the 74th minute and the Lions tied the score with just two minutes remaining when Graham Collie found the back of the net. In overtime, Ben Michael gave the Lions the 4-3 lead but Asheville School responded with a goal in the 89th minute sending the contest to penalty kicks. The Lions struggled at the penalty stripe and were unable to get the ball past the Asheville School keeper eventually falling 3-0 in penalty kicks.
The Lion soccer team will be gearing up for state tournament action beginning Oct. 16. Visit www.ncisaa.org for the complete bracket. For up to date information about all ACA fall sport state tournaments follow the Lions on twitter @ACAAthletic. For more information about Asheville Christian Academy visit the www.ashevillechristian.org.