DHS soccer team makes history

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 27, 2006

In the state of Alabama, Demopolis High School men’s soccer is officially on the map.

The Tigers, now 1-1 on the season, made history Thursday night as they topped Holtville 3-2 to secure the first win in the programs three-year history.

The win was big for the program as a whole, but for some, Keen said, it was even bigger. This season, Keen said, is the final chance for some Tigers to taste the thrill of victory.

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“This is huge for our team and especially our seniors,” Keen said. “They had gone through their whole high school career without a win and now, to get a win this early in the season is huge for them going into the rest of the season.”

The goal at the beginning of the season, Keen said, was to win a game. But, with that goal accomplished in the second game of the season, the door is wide open for the Tigers to surpass this goal.

The old clich/’ defense wins games was true for the Tigers Thursday, Keen said.

“Our defense and goalie, I just can’t say enough about them,” Keen said. “They were awesome. They just played phenomenally.”

The offense wasn’t half bad either. The Tigers struck from long range, short range and took advantage of a free shot on the goal to hammer the win home.

Wayne West got things started for the Tigers. With an assist from Danny Hammond, West literally used his head to work the ball past the Holtville goalie.

Josh Jones found the net for the Tigers next goal. Jones drilled a shot from 30 yards out, which proved too hot for Holtville defenders.

Hammond proved to be the hero by pounding a penalty kick into the net to give the Tigers the 3-2 win.