In the first alumni game since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Duncan soccer teams hosted a successful get together to celebrate the 2022 springs season one final time.
The first game saw the Lady Demons win 1-0 over the alumni before the night cap saw the current Duncan Demons win 3-2 over the alumni on May 20.
Lady Demons head coach Dillon Southerland led the girls team and said the whole night was a success and credited the alumni team for giving their all during the game.
“This was the first alumni game we were able to have since COVID. It was really great to see all of the alumni girls,” Southerland said. “Some of them I haven’t seen for several years so it was an awesome opportunity to coach them again. Most of the alumni girls still have some quality skills.”
Southerland said it was the final game for the 2022 Lady Demons seniors and he will cherish this moment to get to coach them one final time and play in the exhibition style game.
“It was great to see our girls just out there having fun. They got to play in different positions that they didn’t play all season long,” Southerland said. “Also, with some players still out with injuries and some gone on vacation, we had to have some of the incoming freshman play. From what I saw from some of those eight graders, I’m really excited for the future.”
With the game completed, Southerland said the confidence of the newcomers have him excited, however he will miss this class of seniors.
“They came in and played with and against all these older girls and didn’t shy away. They played with confidence and control,” Southerland said. “I will miss these girls and look forward to playing against them in next year’s alumni game.”
Coach David Shaw led the boys team in the next game and he felt the night was a good one and loved the experience overall.
“It was a very fun night. It was great to see the guys get one more chance to play together and also to have all the alumni out there with them,” Shaw said. “It also gave the class of 2020 a chance to step on the field again after their senior year was cut short. To play the second half with teams mixed made for a fun night.”
With the season finished, Duncan High School soccer’s next event will be the Murray State College Aggies Soccer Camp hosted at Abe Raizen Park.
That event will take place July 16-17 and will be $20 for elementary kids with their session taking place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on July 16 . Cost is $30 for middle school and high school kids who will have two different sessions. The first session will take place from 1-4 p.m. July 16 and the second session will take place 1-4 p.m. on July 17 at Abe Raizen Park.