Kourahanis sets marks in Creek win

Alex Kourahanis (9) reacts to a missed shot against Cherry Hill West.
Alex Kourahanis (9) reacts to a missed shot against Cherry Hill West. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff)
Posted: November 01, 2013

Alex Kourahanis walked slowly across the middle of the field during halftime of Timber Creek's boys' soccer game.

As part of the senior-day festivities, the public address announcer read a letter to Kourahanis' mother and father, who greeted him with hugs on the other side of the field.

"Thank you for dealing with my frustration when I didn't score in a game," it read. "Luckily for you, that changed this year."

Kourahanis was not going home frustrated Wednesday night. He scored three times by halftime to set school records for single-season and career scoring, and his team won, 4-2, against Cherry Hill West to clinch at least a share of the Olympic Conference Patriot Division championship for the fifth straight season.

"I've worked hard all season," said Kourahanis, who has 29 goals this season and 59 in his career. "It was my priority to score and lead the team in goals."

The hard work has paid off for Kourahanis. Entering the season, Timber Creek coach Sean Ortzman expected a good campaign from him, maybe pushing 20 goals in a competitive Olympic Conference, but not this type of success.

"The difference for him this year is his work after practice," Ortzman said. "He'll practice his shots, and he'll practice dribbling. He's got great ball skill, and he's got explosion that you can't coach. You put all those things together, and it really has made him a dynamite player."

Kourahanis, who has received interest from Stockton College and Rider University, scored three goals for the third straight game. He set both records on his first goal.

Joe Burton made a move around a defender and slid a pass to Kourahanis, who tapped it past the keeper. After the goal, Kourahanis went straight to Burton without much celebration.

"Before the game, he told me he wanted to get the assist on my record goal," Kourahanis said. "He did it in very good fashion. . . . I just told him he got what he wanted. Thanks."

Timber Creek (17-1 overall, 10-1 division) broke a tie with Cherry Hill West (10-6, 9-2) atop the Olympic Patriot and can clinch sole possession of the championship if it beats Paul VI on Friday.

"At the beginning of the season, you always want to win your conference," Ortzman said. "Hopefully, this catapults us into the next set of goals we have."

Cherry Hill West 0 2 – 2

Timber Creek 3 1 – 4

Goals: CHW-Justin Major, Mike Clauss; TC-Alex Kourahanis 3, Steve Karakitisios.

Saves: CHW-Hayden Remphrey 2; TC-Justin Smith 3, Jay Jennings 1.


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