Tradition is big in New Boston, especially with Glenwood High School. The small village is proud of the rich history of its sports programs, but it is also proud of another sports tradition that is not only about the Tigers.
Since 1984, New Boston has played host to the area’s high school soccer preview. Held at New Boston Municipal Stadium, located right next to the new school, area soccer teams have converged on the old stadium and home to Glenwood Tiger soccer to give teams, coaches and fans a first glimpse of the upcoming high school soccer season.
This year will be no different than the previous 31 years, as 10 area high school soccer teams will compete in five half-matches, which will give attendees a preview to the 2016 soccer season.
The 32nd annual New Boston Soccer Preview will take place Friday, August 12, 2016 at the New Boston Municipal Stadium. Gates will open at4:15 p.m., with the first match taking place at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 and will be good for all five matches during the day. No passes out will be allowed and seating will be general admission.
SOC passes will be honored at the soccer preview.
“The preview is kind of the last thing before the regular season starts,” Glenwood Athletic Director, Jimmy Bailey said. “It gives you a gauge of where your kids are, similar to scrimmages.”
Each team will play a half-match, which will last 40 minutes.
“It’s exciting for the kids, the coaches and the fans to see everything right before the official start to the season,” Bailey said.
A darkening sky won’t be a problem for the soccer preview as the stadium is fully equipped with field lights to illuminate the the playing field and allow area players a sometimes rare opportunity to play under the lights.
“That will be a neat experience for a lot of kids,” Bailey said. “Some schools don’t play soccer games under lights, so that is pretty neat for those teams.”
Hosting the soccer preview is a big deal for New Boston and an honor, according to Bailey.
“It’s really important to us and we look forward to it every year,” Bailey said.
As is typical with a host site, the home team will have the final match of the evening.
Nine of the 10 teams have been announced. Previously all 10 teams had been announced, but Piketon High School was forced to withdraw from the preview after it was determined the school would not have the numbers to field a soccer team for the 2016 season.
The Southern Ohio Conference will be well represented in the preview with eight teams currently on the schedule. So far, one independent team, St. Joe has already been confirmed.
“It’s very exciting for our community,” Bailey said. “It also helps out our athletic department. It helps us pay various expenses for our athletic programs.”
The soccer preview also ushers in the end of summer break, as students will be headed back to their classrooms shortly after.
Bailey said the field at New Boston Municipal Stadium is in great condition and will be ready for the series of half-matches Friday, August 12.
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