Roeper soccer team upends Covenant Christian 4-2 in D-4 final to claim school's first state title

By: Mike Moore | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 2, 2014

 Roeper's Simon Roennecke slides to make a play on the ball during a semifinal victory. Roennecke scored four goals in Saturday's D-4 final.

Roeper's Simon Roennecke slides to make a play on the ball during a semifinal victory. Roennecke scored four goals in Saturday's D-4 final.

Photo by Sean Work

For the first time in school history, Birmingham Roeper has an MHSAA state title.

The Roughriders’ soccer team made the honor official Saturday with a 4-2 victory against Grand Rapids Covenant Christian in a Division 4 final played Nov. 1 in East Kentwood

“It’s historic and monumental for the school, not just the soccer team,” Roeper coach Ed Sack said a day after the Roughriders claimed the Division 4 state championship, beating Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 4-2 in a final played Nov. 1 in East Kentwood. “I had texts from people all over the country. People were watching in California, New York, Texas, everywhere. It was awesome. It really hasn’t even sunk in yet.”

“It’s a crazy mixture of emotions,” said sophomore Simon Roennecke who scored all four Roeper goals in the win. “Who would have predicted something like this? It’s great to get this school a state championship. It’s just awesome.”

Roennecke got the game started, striking less than eight minutes into regulation.

Covenant Christian evened things at 1-1 roughly three minutes later, and the teams went to halftime deadlocked.

But when the second began, Roennecke took over.

He scored with 4:53 into the second half to make it 2-1, added his third goal with 11:41 to play and his fourth with 8:01 remaining in regulation.

Covenant Christian capped the scoring with 5:32 remaining.

“I just felt like my touch was on point from the beginning,” Roennecke said of his four goals. “I felt like every time I touched the ball I was able to create something. It was one of those days where I wanted the ball at my feet.”

Roeper caps its season with a 23-1-0 record.

Covenant Christian ends 21-4-2.