Thursday, Aug. 2, was the annual alumni game for the Harrison County Thorobreds soccer team and the alums turned out in large numbers to play.
Twenty-two former Thorobreds took the field at various times during the match and gave the good crowd their money’s worth.
Due to the heat (and KHSAA regulations) the contest was played in four 20-minute quarters rather than two 40-minute halves to give more rest and water breaks.
The alumni team came to play, which was evident from the opening kick as they pressed to score against Coach Nick Hill’s veteran line up.
Though veteran, it appeared that a few of the 2012 Breds were a little nervous playing against the idols of the past.
The alums took the play to the Thorobreds for the first five minutes until they settled down a little and began to push the ball back into the alumni end.
In fact, the Breds had some excellent chances on goal in the latter part of the first half but were unable to score.
The score at half time was nil-nil.
The game remained scoreless until halfway through the third period when Joe Thomas was fouled setting up a penalty kick.
Kyle Foster drilled the ball into the back of the net on the side to give the varsity a 1-0 lead.
The alumni team battled back but the Thorobreds played a stout defense and held the veterans at bay.
In the fourth period, Jordan Gasser chipped a ball over the defense to the back line where Logan Wiley faked the defender to put him out of position and scored the second and final goal.
Harrison County had a couple of more offensive surges but was repelled by the alumni goal keeper and the match ended at 2-0.
Coach Hill was pleased but not satisfied with the effort.
“I, first, want to thank everyone who came out to support the teams. Everyone worked hard from the alumni team and former coaches to the parents and volunteers of this year’s squad. We still have a lot of work to do but we will have to continue to progress every day in order to be ready for the season. I hope to continue to see a large fan base at the games. It should be a real exciting season.”
The Breds next take the field on Thursday with a scrimmage against Bluegrass United at LeBus Field. The varsity begins at 6 p.m. with the junior varsity following at 7:30 p.m.
The season kicks off on Aug. 14, 16 and 17 with the annual Thorobreds Classic. Games will be played at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each night with the Thorobreds playing the 7:30 p.m. game each night.