Taylor Jensen leads Pensacola Christian College to national championship

Print Article

  • (Courtesy photo) Kootenai Thunder standout Taylor Jensen lead the Pensacola Christian College Eagles to a national championship Nov. 17.

  • 1

    (Courtesy photo) Taylor Jensen made a crucial save to win the region for the Pensacola Christian College Eagles and send them on to the national tournament.

  • (Courtesy photo) Kootenai Thunder standout Taylor Jensen lead the Pensacola Christian College Eagles to a national championship Nov. 17.

  • 1

    (Courtesy photo) Taylor Jensen made a crucial save to win the region for the Pensacola Christian College Eagles and send them on to the national tournament.

PRIEST RIVER — Another local boy has gone off to make good in the wide world. Local native and former Kootenai Thunder star Taylor Jensen recently led his team at Pensacola Christian College to a collegiate soccer national championship. The PCC Eagles finished their 15-6 season with a victory over Trinity Baptist College in the NCCAA Div II championship match at Greenville, S.C. Nov. 17. In addition to his consistent standout play, the PCC senior and goalkeeper made a save during penalty kicks in the regional final that gave PCC the chance to play for the national championship.

Jensen said the beginning of his successful career on the soccer pitch came when Thunder coach Caleb Jonas placed him in the goal and gave him experience against teams across the Northwest. “I was able to excel at the goalkeeper position and even win a Mountain Christian League championship my senior year,” he said.

Jensen credits his faith in Jesus Christ to leading him to attend PCC and compete at a high level in athletics.

“The faith I have put in the Lord Jesus Christ to save me from my sins has given me the desire to honor him with my life. This desire to serve and honor Jesus is what lead me to choose to play for the Kootenai Thunder, and then in choosing Pensacola Christian over many other secular colleges. I believe God has used these decisions to not only give me success in my sports career but has also given me a purpose in life.”

It was that purpose that lead him to a college on the Gulf of Mexico coastline, where he could pursue a business degree in a faith-based environment while remaining debt-free. Jensen said his desire to compete in athletics and be part of a harmonious team steered him towards soccer last season. He explained that the team’s success, in only its second year of existence at PCC, was due to “a fantastic coaching staff, a desire to win and hard work. This season we played a lot of very tough competition, which helped prepare us for some fierce battles within our region.”

Jensen is thankful for the support he’s received from Idaho while competing thousands of miles away.

“I would like to thank all the people back home that have supported me. I have a lot of support from my church, Kootenai Community Church, and also of course from my parents who were able to fly down and watch us win the national championship.

“It was a real blessing to be able to be a part of such a great group of guys and achieve our ultimate goal to bring home our school’s first ever national championship in any team sport. I would have never imagined I would be a first team All-American on a national championship winning team!”

Print Article

Read More Regional Sports

Country Lane holds slim lead at OK Lanes ladies league

December 13, 2017 at 6:00 am | Priest River Times OLDTOWN — Country Lane holds a slim lead over No Pins Left Behind following the ladies league showdown Dec. 6. The first-place team has a 34-22 to 33-23 edge, with third-place Morning Glories close b...

Comments

Read More

Yates, Nichols post high scores

December 13, 2017 at 6:00 am | Priest River Times OLDTOWN - Rex Yates notched high scratch game honors with a 232 score at the loopers league here Dec. 6. Yates also scored a 261 high handicap game. Pam Nichols earned a 572 high scratch series and a...

Comments

Read More

Priest River boys drop four in a row as turnovers, defensive woes continue

December 13, 2017 at 6:00 am | Priest River Times NEWPORT - The Spartan boys lost twice to local rivals last week, dropping a close 61-53 game to Sandpoint at home Dec. 5, and then being slain by the marauding Newport Grizzlies Dec. 6, 63-39. The S...

Comments

Read More

Young Lady Spartan team comes close to victory but falls to Upper Columbia, 46-45

December 13, 2017 at 6:00 am | Priest River Times NEWPORT - Priest River’s girls basketball program continued to experience growing pains last week in back-to-back drubbings versus Sandpoint and Newport. The Dec. 5 home contest against the Bulldogs ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 448-2431
P.O. Box 159
310 Church Street
Sandpoint Idaho 83864

©2017 Priest River Times Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X