Dayton Christian Continues Hot Scoring, Wins Sixth Straight


Under the direction of first year coach Andrew Bellman, the Dayton Christian varsity boys’ soccer team has outscored opponents 28-2 in its last four wins and currently stands at 6-0-1 in a young season which saw the Division-III Warriors tie Alter and win at Carroll.

On Sept. 9, Dayton Christian won its sixth consecutive game by knocking off Metro Buckeye Conference rival Yellow Springs by a score of 6-1. Junior forward Christian Alexander scored three goals and had an assist to increase his team-leading totals of nine goals and eight assists on the season.

Bellman, 26, came to D.C. after serving as an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach at Centerville High School in 2009. He’s been impressed by the determination of a team that lost in the District Finals one year ago.

“We have seen some good attacking play and goal scoring,” said Bellman. “While I am definitely proud to see our team put up good numbers, we are going to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

Dayton Christian shared the 2009 Metro Buckeye Conference Championship with Miami Valley as the two teams tied 2-2 late in the 2009 season. This year’s match-up could once again determine the conference champion as the teams square off for a pivotal match on Tues. Sept. 14 at Ron Pinsenschaum Soccer Stadium in Kettering.

Alexander leads a balanced D.C. attack and is joined by three other players, Jeremy Hoppe, Paul Holliday and Alex Lupinek who each has 12 or more points on the season. Senior goalkeeper Ian MacDonald is among the area leaders with 25 saves.

The Warriors are hungry for success this season. Bellman states that the team will continue to push for defensive pressure as well as determined focus for each practice and game.