This is Kevin Myers’ favorite time of the year, when he gets to see all the familiar faces.
Myers, the former veteran boys’ soccer coach at Washington High School will take in the action of the eighth annual soccer alumni games today at the Washington Sports Complex.
In addition to the Washington High School alumni, Myers also expects a few players from his federation teams that he organized for eight years before soccer became a boy’s sport at Washington in 1992.
Myers views the alumni weekend as a family reunion and while the same players don’t come back every year it’s great to see anyone who can make the trip.
“It’s like a class reunion with more specialized and multiple years of players that get together each year,” Myers said.
After Myers retired from coaching after 19 years, his son, Quintin took over as coach.
Quintin said it’s a testament to the strength of the program that so many players come back for the game each year, they expect 45 players in attendance on Saturday.
“It does a lot for the soccer program with how many players continue to come back,” Quintin Myers said. “A lot of guys talk on Facebook about attending and getting in shape for the game.”
The games begin at 4:10 p.m. with the introduction of the men’s alumni and the federations teams, followed by a game between the two at 4:30 p.m. The women’s alumni will be introduced at 6:10 p.m., followed by their game at 6:30 p.m. The Washington Hatchets men’s team will be introduced at 8:15 p.m. and the Hatchets will then face the winner of the earlier men’s alumni-federation champion at 8:30 p.m.
Quintin Myers view of the alumni game has changed since he now is the coach of the current Washington team against the alumni. After playing in the alumni game, he will coach the Hatchets against the alumni, who they have never beat in the history of the event.
Quintin Myers said that while the men’s side has gotten strong participation over the last eight years, the women’s participation has been sporadic.
Lauren Hannan, the new women’s soccer coach will not be attending Saturday’s game due to a scheduling conflict, but she said she is looking forward to attending future games after all the great things she has heard about the events.
“Washington is such a tight-knit community, in the short time I’ve been here and to have so many girls come back and support the community is great,” Hannan said.
Kevin Myers said he cherishes the day for what it represents for the Washington community, he only wished these days came around more often.
“It’s great to just see everyone again,” Kevin Myers said. “We have families that we are around for six years and then all of a sudden we don’t see them, but once a year.”
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