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A new tradition for Scecina’s boys soccer program: Soccer Celebration

By Jesse Purvis’06, English Department chair and boys soccer coach 

A soccer match can be compared simply to a TV miniseries: The first game is the pilot where we see hints and foreshadows of the wonderful players; during the midseason, games’ storylines develop while the characters change roles and positions; and the final game of the season, be it a win or less, sees the stories of each player wrap up or establish the cliffhanger that leads to the next season. 

Scecina soccer has a rich tradition of character-building, and the program aims to develop competitive soccer players. Their stories are opportunities to be witnessed. We wanted to promote this with a new annual match called the Soccer Celebration. In this game, we want to focus on the highlights and achievements of past players and our seniors as well as gather friends and family to pitch in and enjoy the company of one another in the soccer and greater Scecina Community. 

With the first Soccer Celebration match, Scecina boys soccer celebrated its all-time goal leaders: current senior Jonathan Tinoco (pictured above) with 100 total goals; Diego Lemus ’06 with 84 goals, and Fabricio Lemus ’02 with 69. Fabricio was part of the first IHSAA Sectional championship team (one class). In his senior year, Diego’s team won the Irish Festival tournament and the first Indiana Crossroads Conference title; and Jonathan played in the Crusaders’ first IHSAA Semistate appearance in 2016. These three men’s stories are just a shade of the opportunities, admiration, and history of the soccer program. 

Look for the next Soccer Celebration match in the fall of 2019.

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