CHAPMANVILLE — The rain kept coming and coming.
And then it rained some more.
Before long it was a monsoon at Falling Rock as the Chapmanville Regional High School soccer team scrimmaged on Tuesday night at Herbert Hoover.
The Tigers didn’t mind.
They played through the conditions and got soaked but had fun as Chapmanville lost 4-1 to the Huskies in a preseason affair.
“We went to Hoover on Tuesday night for a scrimmage and we played in a monsoon for half of the game,” CRHS coach Greg Dillon said. “The kids had an absolute blast and for the kids it was their first away experience as we went about an hour away from home.”
Chapmanville, along with Logan, is fielding a soccer program for the first time in school history this fall.
Excitement is brewing for the season which is set to kick off this weekend.
Dillon said his Tigers had good fellowship with the Herbert Hoover soccer team, parents and fans.
The Herbert Hoover community, especially the Clendenin area, was devastated over the summer with the floods which claimed the lives of at least 26 people across the state.
Herbert Hoover High School, and many of the student-athletes’ families, were affected directly by the flooding.
“We wanted to bond some with those people because they have went through so much with the flooding in the Clendenin area. They bonded with us,” Dillon said. “The football team came over to watch. It was a great experience for us. The kids had fun in the rain. Hoover respected us for sticking it out.”
Despite losing the scrimmage, Dillon said his team left with a positive attitude knowing they were able to at least compete with an established Cardinal Conference program.
Zack Lamb scored the only goal of the game for the Tigers.
“We held our own even though we lost but the kids were excited about that,” Dillon said. “It wasn’t really a blow out. We scored on a last minute goal against their first-string defense. The kids thought that it was a great way to end the night.”
Chapmanville is scheduled to open the regular season on Friday night at Mercer Christian Academy.
The Tigers then will have their historic home opener against Tug Valley on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
Tug Valley is also unveiling its first-year soccer program this fall.
“One of the top two refs in the state will be there because they want to be a part of the opening program for Logan County,” Dillon said.
Tug Valley’s soccer coach is Tiffany Young.
“We’ve helped each other out and we want her to succeed too,” Dillon said of the Panthers.