It was definitely a rain soaked afternoon on Monday, April the 6th, but the Warriors Soccer Boys Varsity side took to the CCHS soccer field for a match against the Crossville Lions, anyway. And along with the teams on the pitch were Tyler Harris and Jacob McGatha, who supported the Warrior’s “at-home” game by performing duties as “ball boys” during the match. They were tasked with making as certain as possible that there would always be a ball available when the one being used on the field was kicked out of play. The two Centre Middle School students, who are well known youth soccer players in their own right, had to run through the same sideline water bogs that the participating high school players had to deal with.
During the half time break, Tyler and Jacob competed in a “Five Goal Shootout”, with the winner to receive a pre-paid “Value Meal” card at McDonald’s Restaurant. Both players took warm-up / practice shots before the competition began. Former Warrior Soccer player and CCHS alumni, Alan Luna, served as goal keeper for the event. Tyler began the alternating shooting sequence and kicked two past Luna in five tries. McGatha chose different corners of the goal and placed three out of four shots into the back of the net and thereby won the competition.
The promotional competition was co-sponsored by the Warriors Soccer Program and by the Weiss Lake Soccer Assn., a member of US Club Soccer under the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The McDonalds Restaurant – Centre store manager, Anna Langley, provided the competition prize for the half time competition winner. McDonalds Corporation, with headquarters in Oak Brook, IL., is a national sponsor of the United States Soccer Federation.