Calvary Day Soccer Players Committed to Winning Games By Playing Together, Sacrificing for Each Other, and Playing for God

By Nathan Domintz/Special to Prep Sports Report | February 8, 2024

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Cade Chadwick is a team player. We know this because when Calvary Day needed a representative at the inaugural Optim Orthopedics/Prep Sports Report Soccer Media Day on Saturday, Feb. 3, the senior stepped up.

Make that “teams” player, because Chadwick spoke for both the boys and girls programs as the coaches were unavailable because of other obligations.

“Our coaches have put a lot of time and effort into making a great game plan for us this year,” he said. “They’ve sacrificed so much time for us just to get us ready for the season.”

He noted weeks of early morning practices, including two-a-days for an entire week.

“We’ve really bonded together as a team,” Chadwick said. “No matter what we were doing on or off the field, our motto is to stay in game mode and always put our best effort forward.”

The CDS girls went 10-5-2 last season, 5-2 in Region 3-3A. They beat the host Academy of Richmond County in Augusta 2-0 in the first round of the GHSA Class 3A state playoffs before elimination by host Columbus 6-0 in the second round.

The Cavaliers’ girls roster is led by junior forward Abby Walsh, the 2023 Region 3-3A Offensive Player of the Year after recording 40 goals and 10 assists.

Also returning for CDS are junior Scarlett Jackson and seniors Reis Scholl and Carlee Hurst.

Among the key players graduated are Maddie Sheldon and Kate Crunkleton, an all-region first-team selection who had 14 goals and nine assists.

The CDS boys went 5-9-1 last season, 2-4 in the region.

Along with Chadwick, the Cavaliers’ boys squad returns junior Drew Cail, a standout goalkeeper, as well as senior Trevor Strowbridge.

Chadwick credited the coaches and made a point to thank the players’ families for their contributions in support of the programs, such as transportation to get to those early practices and food to fuel the hungry players.

He didn’t stop there.

“God gave us these abilities and these talents to play for, so we’re going to play for him, we’re going to play for each other,” he said. “God tells us to play as one, play together, not to play for yourselves, so we’re going to play for him. That’s why this year, Calvary Day School soccer is committed to winning games by playing together, sacrificing for each other, and above all else, playing for God.”

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