Summer soccer league a hit
Published 11:38 am Friday, July 26, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Another one’s in the books.
A seven-on-seven soccer league that has been held at Callaway High for the past few summers wrapped up on Tuesday with a one-day tournament.
In the championship game, it was East Coweta getting the best of Heritage.
Boys’ teams from Callaway, Lafayette Christian, Central-Carroll, East Coweta and Heritage participated in the league.
With the exception of the week of July 4th, the teams were on the field every Tuesday beginning on June 11.
“We got six straight Tuesdays in except for the dead week, and it was perfect,” Callaway head coach Mike Petite said. “It was never unbearable hot, so the guys were able to compete. And when the sun goes down it was cooler, so it was nice to have those late games. It was a great summer of competition. It really worked out. The kids had a good time, and the coaches were pleased.”
The Cavaliers won their share of games during the summer, but Petite said the league is more about developing the players and getting them prepared for the high-school season that begins in February.
“When the competitive juices start flowing you want to win for sure, and the guys are fired up, and they went after it pretty good, and it was good to see them be that competitive,” Petite said. “At the same time, we were constantly working on the things we’ve worked on throughout the summer, possession, and touches, and moving off the ball. There was a lot of improvement with that throughout the summer, so that’s really what it was all about.”
In addition to the seven-on-seven games, the Cavaliers have also had workouts at the school throughout the summer.
Callaway finished fourth in Region 5-AA last season and lost to Social Circle in the first round of the state playoffs.
“The guys have been really good. They’ve worked hard this whole summer,” Petite said. “We’ve had practice every day throughout the summer except for Fridays, and we’ve had a steady group come out there. It was the same group that was out there (on Tuesday) playing. You can see the level of improvement when you put in two more months of work. So, it’s been good for us. It was good competition. The guys had a lot of fun, met a bunch of guys. It was good. The coaches were real pleased with how everything went, and we’re looking forward to keeping it going.”