The Middle School Soccer teams are available to students grades 5 through 8. This foundational stage of development is the most important level of learning for our Soccer program, and includes:

  1. Spiritual emphasis (developing Christian character)
  2. Respect for authority (coaches, teachers, parents, etc.)
  3. Developing a consistent work ethic
  4. Preparing athletes to work together as a team (team concepts, encourage, motivate)
  5. Fundamentals of Soccer (individual skills)
  6. Learning the game of Soccer (terminology)
  7. Prepare GCS athletes for Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer programs
  8. Teaching healthy competition (learning how to be aggressive within the rules of the game and competing for a roster spot, a position, playing time)

Middle School Soccer gives us an opportunity to introduce and teach the fundamental aspects of the sport including but not limited to technical skills such as dribbling, shooting, passing, tackling, and ball and body control; game intelligence aspects such as spatial awareness, tactical knowledge, risk assessment, and in-game awareness; and areas of physical fitness such as endurance, speed, balance, coordination and strength. We also work on developing the proper mindset in our young players by encouraging them to have a passion for the sport, proper composure and mental strength, how to lose and win well, how to be coachable and self-motivation.

Middle School Soccer teams practice/or play at least 4x a week. Wednesday is normally the off day for Middle School Soccer practice.

The JV Soccer team is available to students grades 6 through 10 for athletes who have mastered the fundamentals taught in the middle school program. Fundamental skills are refined with an increased intensity for excellence, competition, and complexity of Soccer strategies.

GCS Junior Varsity Soccer athletes must be prepared to compete for playing time. Our goal is to prepare our athletes for the demands of the Varsity Soccer program, training them to be ready to contribute immediately. Decisions related to playing time are made solely at the coach’s discretion.

Junior Varsity Soccer teams practice/or play at least 4x a week.

The privilege to wear the GCS Varsity Soccer uniform is reserved for our top athletes, grades 7 – 12, who have mastered fundamental skills with increased intensity for excellence, competition, and complexity of Soccer game strategies. Varsity players must demonstrate a consistent display of the core Christlike characters traits of our athletic program: Diligence, Endurance, Boldness, Obedience, Faith, Humility, and Dependability.

Varsity Soccer players must be prepared to compete for playing time and work to keep it. Seniority of a player is not a factor. Our Varsity Soccer players are judged on athletic ability, work ethic, attitude, and knowledge of the coach’s strategies.

Competing to win is strongly emphasized, without sacrificing the display and the development of Christ-like character. GCS Varsity Soccer athletes are expected to act accordingly to their roles on the team, and contribute unselfishly in accordance with their abilities. Playing time will be determined solely by the coach/coaches. Coaches will not discuss playing time or strategy.

Varsity Soccer teams practice/or play at least 5x a week with possible Saturday practices and games.

Congratulations to Boys Varsity 2021 State Soccer Champions

Our Boys Varsity Soccer Team traveled to Wilson to take on Greenfield High School in the NCISAA State final for the third time in the past four years. Our Crusaders were ready for the rematch of last year’s state title bout and went the distance to bring home the NCISSA State Championship!

Soccer Coaches

Soccer Tryouts

The GCS Boy Soccer Program runs during our Fall competition season, with tryouts and practices beginning in the summer. The GCS Girl Soccer Program runs during our Spring competition season, with tryouts and practices beginning in February. If you’d like more information about the GCS Soccer Program, or to register for tryouts, please contact our Athletic Director.

Athletic Director

Nate Rhine

Soccer Camps 

GCS hosts a Summer Soccer Camp for 2nd through 8th grade, as well as after school Elementary Enrichment Soccer Camps.

The Crusader Soccer Shot’s Camp is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of soccer to boys and girls in a safe, enjoyable environment. Working each day to help better a players skill set on the pitch and working to build their individual confidence off of it. This camp will strengthen the athlete’s mentality while boosting their confidence to become a more skilled player. We will teach this through daily stations, drills, games, and competitions designed for kids of all skill levels. The summer camp is split into two sessions: Grades 2-4 and Grades 5-8.

Facilities

Practices and home games are held in our newly renovated soccer field.  Our state-of-the-art scoreboard was installed thanks to donations from our generous Corporate Sponsors: The Blackwell Group Realty Company, 360 Capital Management, Central Carolina Power Equipment and Pinnacle Benefit Resources.

Championship Records 

Boys Varsity Soccer

  • Conference Champions: 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2020, 2021
  • Conference Tournament Champions: 2012, 2013, 2020, 2021
  • State Champions: 2013, 2021

Girls Varsity Soccer

  • Conference Champions: 2013, 2014, 2021
  • Tournament Champions: 2013, 2014, 2021
  • National Champions: 2016

Annual Awards

Players from each team are selected for the following annual awards:

  • Offensive MVP
  • Defensive MVP
  • Team MVP
  • Coach’s Award
  • Most Improved Player

Alumni Accomplishments

We are extremely proud our our GCS Alumni who have gone on to play / coach college and professional soccer:

Marcus Velaquez, ℅ 2013: Life University

Fernando Depz, ℅ 2013: Columbia International University

Isaac Kreuger, ℅ 2014: William Peace

Salvador Leonidez, ℅ 2014: Wake Tech

Hugo Lemus, ℅ 2014: Columbia International University, (Player and Former Goalkeeper Coach)

Jose Leonidez, ℅ 2015: Wake Tech

Christian Galindo, ℅ 2019: Professional Soccer at Macclesfield FC

Noe Limas, ℅ 2019: Columbia International University

Scarlet Prater, ℅ 2019: UNCG

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