Logan High School is excited about the formation of its new soccer team.
The squad saw its first preseason action on Saturday at Chapmanville’s Soccer Rama.
The Wildcats have a home scrimmage on Wednesday against Mingo Central at 6:30 p.m. before heading to Nitro on Saturday for its first ever regular season match at Nitro High School’s soccer pitch.
Game time is set for noon.
Logan then has a JV game on Aug. 22 at Chapmanville at 6 p.m. before having its regular season home opener on Aug. 23 against Riverside at 6 p.m.
LHS coach Jay Trump said it’s always difficult to start up a new program from scratch but said he’s seen some encouraging signs during the preseason.
“I’ve done this before and it’s always a little bit nerve-wracking but with the group of kids that we have here they all seem enthused and they are all working well together,” Trump said. “It’s 90 degrees out here but we’ve got the full squad.”
Trump said he has plenty of good athletes on the team, including Dino Noe, a junior Nigerian national, who will be doing double duty this fall as he is also a member of the Logan High School football squad. Noe also plays basketball for the Wildcats.
“They are good athletes,” Trump said. “We’ve got eight new players with us that’s never played before. The rest of them have all come up through the rec leagues. We have kids like Dino Noe and Joey Vinson, Walker Jeffrey and Walter Macnamara. Dino is an all-around great athlete and he was raised in the sport of soccer. He can see the field a lot better than some of the other players.”
Logan’s goalie is likely Walt Macnamara, a sophomore.
“He’s an all-around good player at any position on the field,” Trump said. “We’ve got to explain to the kids that it don’t take a bunch of goals to win a game. Sometimes it only takes one goal.”
Trump said there will be growing pains of course.
“We’re going straight to the varsity level since we haven’t had any middle school team or a JV team,” Trump said. “I think for some of the kids to see that level of play right at the start will be somewhat of a shock factor. But I think once we get a few games under our belts and we start seeing some play I think that we’ll be OK.”
“We’ve got 22 players girls and boys on this co-ed team. We have a lot of athletes who want to play soccer than don’t play the Big Three in athletics here,” Trump said.
Logan only has three seniors on the team — Kyle Fleming, Clarissa Noon and Austin Thompson.
There are six juniors — Eric Crum, Cody Nunley, Michael Honeycutt, Walker Jeffrey, Noe and Paul Vinson.
The rest of the squad is comprised of sophomores and freshmen so the Wildcats will be very young.
The sophomores are Cameron Adkins, Callista Ransier, Stephen Clemens, Hunter Alfrey, Whitney Evans, Wesley Mcnamara, Walter Macnamara and RaeAnne Reed.
The freshmen are Kyle Browning, Autumn Isaacs, Kalee Vernatter, Isaiah Jordan and Madison Fraley.
Logan has a first-class soccer/football facility with the Field Turfed Logan Stadium.
“That’s a big plus to have this facility,” Trump said. “I thank the Board of Education for turfing these three schools. We’ve got a great county and a great community. We shouldn’t have been so late in getting our kids soccer.”
Trump invites everyone to come out and watch the world’s game.
“I hope that everyone comes out to support their soccer team now that we have one,” he said.
2016 Logan High School
Aug. 20: at Nitro, noon
Aug. 22: at Chapmanville, 6 p.m. (JV only)
Aug. 23: Riverside, 6 p.m.
Aug. 27: Poca, noon
Aug. 30: at Mingo Central, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 2-3: at Huntington tounament, TBA
Sept. 8: Winfield, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 12: Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Sept. 14: Lincoln County, 6 p.m. (JV only)
Sept. 15: at Sissonville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17: Belfry (Ky.), 10 a.m.
Sept. 24: at 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. 12: Lincoln County, 6 p.m. (JV only)