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Copper Country Christian School soccer wins 1st U.P. championship

The Copper Country Christian School soccer team, from left: Zane Balyo, Colby Balyo, Miles Brown, Ben Bishop, Isaac Noble, David Noble, Jari Juntti, Noah Bach, Caleb Bach, Ian Balyo, Maggie Haeussler, Maria Chizek, Nicklas Jackson, Nathanael Mason, Jack Haeussler, Ruth Bishop and Luke Bishop. Not pictured: Sierra Jackson, Joel O’Connor, Joseph Aho and Joseh Noble. (Courtesy Photo/CCCS)

NEGAUNEE — Copper Country Christian School reached the pinnacle of U.P. soccer with its first Division 2 championship on Saturday at Peter Waara Park.

The CCCS co-ed team defeated Sault Ste. Marie by a 3-2 margin.

The Soo took a 2-0 lead before Noah Bach and Colby Balyo both scored to tie the game. Bach was fouled in the box and scored a penalty kick for the winning goal.

The win capped an exhilarating day for CCCS team, which also defeated the Soo 2-1 with a pair of goals by Ben Bishop in the preliminary. CCCS then beat Marquette 3-1. The Soo beat the Marquette JV on a goal differential tiebreaker. The Soo then beat Negaunee to face CCCS for the championship.

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