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?Soccer introduced to Perquimans County youth this spring
By VAL SHORT
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Bphrer of WInfall, who had been a
volunteer with a youth soccer league
in Kodiak, Alaska.
She, with the assistance of
Perquimans Parks and Recreation
Director Bobbi Veon and many
volunteers, has developed a four
team soccer league, which includes
about 40 boys and girls in
The teams, ranging in ages from 7
to 12, play each Saturday morning at
Central School in Winfall at 10 and 11.
The final game of the season is
scheduled May 28.
One of the advantages of soccer,
according to Veon, is the fact that
anyone can play and boys and girls
can play together.
"It's more of a team effort when
the boys and girls compete on the
same level," said Veon. The par
ticipants knew very little about he
sport in the beginning, explained
Veon. "They have all learned
together at the same time," she
"Soccer is one of the best sports
available," Rohrer commented. "It's
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Peggy Rohrer, who in
troduced soccer in
Perquimans County, gives
team members some en
couraging words during
Saturday's game at Central
School in Winfall. (Photo by
very good for the body, because the
children are constantly running. No
child on the field stands still," said
Soccer is also very good for a
child's self image, according to the
soccer enthusiast. "You can take a
very shy child and get him into
soccer and he'll turn out very well
rounded," she said.
"It's amazing to see them progress
? they build up confidence as they
build their experience," she added.
Rohrer said soccer is not as con
tact-oriented as football and less
prone to accidents.
Volunteers, parental support and
support of the Parks and Recreaion
department, have kept the soccer
league going, according to Rohrer.
Thanks to the coaches, like ? Paul
Merritt, David Cain, Gail
Whitehurst, Paul Tincham, Bryan
Wood, Michael Reeve and David
Evans ? Rohrer says the season has
Parents and volunteers have also
been on hand to offer support and
encouragement for the program, as
well as a few cheers for their favorite
The goals, which are usually
purchased for around $1,000, were
constructed by volunteers with
donated materials, according to
The $7 fee paid by each participant
helps cover costs of equipment and
referee fees, said Veon.
"Soccer is one of the most inex
pensive sports you can have," she
said. "It's basically volunteer sup
The program has had "tremendous
community support," said Rohrer.
"I feel the program will grow."
Rohrer and Veon plan to organize a
fall soccer season and both anticipate
even greater participation.
"I hope it grows ? I'd like to K* A
bigger league in the fall," com
Rohrer said she would like to see
more age groups get involved in the
sport and she would like for it to be
introduced in the school physical
The object of the game of soccer,
according to Rohrer. is for one team
to score a goal or point by
maneuvering the ball into the goal of
the opponents side of the field.
Each team consists of six players,
who are forwards, fullbacks and
halfbacks. Each team has a goalie
who protects its goal.
Eohrer explains that the goalie is
the only team member who may
touch the ball with his hands and no
restrictions are set on where any of
the players can play.
Though soccer in Perquimans is
just beginning, the enthusism and
interest for this "up and coming
sport" are prevalent. It has already
proven to be a sport which can in
volve the entire family and has
already taught the boys and girls the
value of team spirit and cooperation.
Rohrer encourages anyone who
would like to become involved in
Perquimans soccer to contact her at
426-9217 and to attend the games at
The object of the game of
soccer is to maneuver the bail
into the net of the opponent's
side of the field. The goalie,
who is the only team member
who can touch the ball with
his hands, protects the
goal. (Photo by Tony Short)
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