The Logan High School soccer team has unveiled its first ever soccer schedule.
Logan is fielding a team for the first time in school history this fall and the Wildcats are scheduled to have its first ever match on Aug. 20 at Nitro in a noon Cardinal Conference clash.
The home opener is the following week on Aug. 27 against Poca at noon in another conference game.
Logan also has conference matches against Sissonville, Mingo Central, Herbert Hoover and county rival Chapmanville, which is also fielding a team for the first time this fall.
Logan has non-conference home-and-home series against Tug Valley, another first-year program, and also Belfry (Ky.).
LHS is also set to take part in the Huntington tournament, Sept. 2-3.
Logan’s opponents will be tough.
Nitro, a former Class AAA school, had an outstanding season a year ago as the Wildcats went 16-4-2. Herbert Hoover was 10-5-4 last year.
Mingo Central (6-9-3) and Poca (3-12-4) had losing seasons a year ago.
Just like tennis, the WVSSAC splits its soccer teams into two divisions — Class AAA and a combined Class AA/A.
Last fall, Fairmont Senior won the Class AA/A state championship match with a 3-2 win over Charleston Catholic.
The Nitro boys have one state championship in its school history back in 1990. The Nitro girls took the state title in 2008.
The WVSSAC has sanctioned a state soccer tournament since 1988.
Logan’s team this year will compete in the boys’ division, although the squad will be co-ed and open to both boys and girls.
Logan’s soccer coach is Jay Trump, one of the founders of the Coalfield Youth Soccer League.
Trump said soccer is a great sport and urges more youth in the Logan area to get involved.
“Soccer is becoming more and more popular in America. It’s the biggest sport worldwide and it’s a great sport for kids to get into,” he said in an earlier interview. “It’s great for any kid in any sport to get your footwork better or get your cardio up.”
Logan already has a first-class facility with the Logan Football Stadium, which was carpeted with Field Turf last summer as part of a $2.5 million project which also turfed the football fields at Chapmanville and Man.
“That’s an excellent thing for the program,” Trump said of the turf. “We won’t have to worry about finding a field or field conditions. Getting the Field Turf in Logan County I think was the biggest hurdle of getting it into the schools. It was great to get Field Turf in Logan, Chapmanville and Man. The soccer lines are already down and the soccer goals are already in place. That’s the biggest expense for a soccer team — the goals and the field. Everything else just falls into place.”
2016 Logan High School
Aug. 20: at Nitro, noon
Aug. 27: Poca, noon
Aug. 30: at Mingo Central, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 2-3: at Huntington tournament, TBA
Sept. 5: Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Sept. 15: at Sissonville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17: Belfry, Ky., 10 a.m.
Sept. 24: Herbert Hoover, 11 a.m.
Oct. 1: at Belfry, Ky., 10 a.m.
Oct. 6: Mingo Central, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 10: at Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Oct. 13: at Chapmanville, 5 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).