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July 3, 2014

Soccer hopes to get World Cup boost

DUNCAN — The crowds have been quite large for the Duncan high school soccer teams, but the product on the field hasn’t been as good as the school would have liked.

21.6 million people tuned into USA’s round of 16 loss to Belgium on Tuesday, and even more watched the thrilling 2-2 draw with Portgual weeks before.

With the World Cup igniting the American public’s passion for the game, girls coach Delydia Gay hopes the spark will lead to better results on the field.

“Especially this year, it seems a lot more people have been paying attention and stuff like that so that’s always a good thing,” Gay said. “Every time they’re is World Cups or they’re playing soccer in the summer Olympics, it does bring in a few more kids it seems like. Any attention that soccer can get is a good, positive thing for sure.”

The soccer program has had no problems drawing large crowds to their games. Athletic director Burl White said it was the boosters for the sport that deserved the credit.

However, the boys program is currently at a crossroads. After Marcus Williams resigned as the head coach and Duncan High School posted the job online, the school hasn’t received any applicants, White said.

“That’s just a mystery to me,” White said. “Our girls program is pretty stable. We’ve got all of our coaches back and a lot of our kids. With the boys, we’ve got a lot of our kids, but we just need someone to coach them right now.”

White said there’s no one at the school who could become the head coach.

Gay said she would be willing to help the new head coach, but that the responsibility of two teams would be just too much.

“If they were to give it to somebody who didn’t know what was going on or something like that, I would be more than willing to help in any way possible,” Gay said.

Gay only had two seniors on her team last year, Andie Grounds and Autumn Parker, meaning Duncan returns a lot of experience in the spring from a team that went 5-7 last year.

However, Gay thinks the school still needs to build more tradition.

“If you’re winning, the more interest you’re going to have in it,” Gay said. “And then it’s getting the younger kids more involved in it. The young kids are, but then we start to lose them in the middle school area because there’s not anything for them as far as involved in school. So honestly, we need to start building at the middle school level to feed their interest there.”

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