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Ben Turner couldn't wait to get home to open his birthday presents.

He opened his first gift on the Parkway Christian soccer field.

Turner ran onto a long boot from Eagles keeper T.J. Grau and headed the ball over Southfield Christian keeper Donald Keating with just under three minutes to play, lifting host Parkway Christian to a 1-0 MIAC crossover win on Monday afternoon.

"It was nice," Turner said. "The ball came over the top and it hopped once. I just tried to give it my all and got kind of lucky I guess."

Grau, who made four saves in the shutout, earned the assist on Turner's goal.

"In the last 15-20 minutes, Ben started anticipating what was going to happen," Parkway coach Armand LeComte said. "The minute it left (Grau's) foot, he was already running. He's a quality player and he knew one was eventually going to go in and it did."

Turner and several other Eagle attackers had many chances to score during the contest, but couldn't muster anything past Keating, who made 16 saves in the match.

"That's pretty average for him," Southfield Christian coach Joe Schubring said. "He's got a lot of experience and his defense normally allows a lot of shots on him. He's a fighter."

The victory improved Parkway's record to 7-5-0 overall. LeComte said he was proud of his team to defeat a school from the MIAC's highest division, the MIAC Blue.

"This is an upper-division team and I don't know if we've ever beaten an upper-division team," said LeComte, whose team competes in the MIAC Red Division. "Now we finally did. We played well and really dominated this game. We had several chances to score."

The loss dropped Southfield Christian's record to 2-15-0 overall.

"Just like most games, the boys have good character, but the skill level is lacking this year," Schubring said. "We need our character and mental game to be strong. When you go down 1-0 with three minutes to go, it's a heartbreaker. They played well."

Last Updated: 10/12/2015 8:34:21 PM EST