This years HoCo Soccer Kids Camp was a tremendous success! The Varsity and JV teams lead soccer drills and games for about 55 campers. Hope to see these children again at next years camp (or sooner at one of our home games). Thanks to all the coaches, players and participants!
6 Nov 2018: Player info packet. Have student pick up this information from Coach Abigail Stephens.
29 Nov 2018: Parent Meeting, 6 pm in the HoCo cafeteria.
14-16 Jan 2019: Soccer team tryouts.
31 Jan 2019: Fundraiser/player fee deadline
8-9 Feb 2019: Freedom Cup
23 Feb 2019: Youth Camp
Thank you to all who supported the HoCo Soccer Team's raffle fund raiser!! And a special thanks to Rigby's Entertainment Complex, Oak River Company, Sakari & Company, and Chuck's Gun and Pawn for prize contributions.
We drew the winning tickets today after an outstanding Youth Soccer camp. Congratulations to the winners listed below:
Atlanta United Tickets - Joe Marquardt
Rigby's Bowling Party - Mary Amaral
Oak River Handbag - Tyler Hagemann
Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler - M. Molinelli
Yeti Hopper Two Cooler - Brittany Joris
Big Green Egg - Emie Aleman
The 2018 Houtson County High School soccer season has arrived! Boys and Girls tryouts will be held January 16-19 from 3:00 - 5:30 pm.
Please ensure that your soccer player has a current Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation. Most local medical clinics can accomplish the physical and they usually have the required forms. Here is a link to the form if you need it. hchs.hcbe.net/?PageName=bc&n=189050
The next important date is the Parent Meeting on January 22nd, 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. This meeting is mandatory.
From Left to Right: Declan Furlough, Heath Henry, Georgia Bostic,
Val'Dazia Todd, Hunter Henry, and Austin Marfell
Round 1 of the 2017 GHSA State Playoffs is in the books. The Lady Bears complete their season with a 2-1 Loss to Greenbrier HS and the Bears defeated Evans with a score of 10-1.
In the girls match it was a close game all the way with possession clearly on the Lady Bears side but the Wolfpack was successful in stopping numerous attempts by the home team in it's attacking third. Greenbrier scored first and HoCo's Deja Wilson found the back of the net on an equalizer that was a Division 1 level shot from far outside. Unfortunately, the Lady Bears allowed a late goal with three minutes remaining that ended the season. The ladies finished 9-8-1 (includes scrimmage) and #2 in the Region. The future for this team is bright with a strong group on the rise. As for the seniors, they made history while playing for Houston County, earning its firs Region Title in 2016 for the girls. Overall a good showing in the new Region 1-AAAAAA.
For the men, their first game in the State tournament was a very impressive display of speed and precision. The game was over early as the Bears netted 9 goals in the first half coming off a combination of plays and players. Seven different players, including two determined defenders (Freeman, Martin), found pay-dirt in the match. Head Coach, Stephen Edwards, was pleased with the teams performance but understands the level of competition will rise dramatically after this game. Next game for the Bears will be against the 7-AAAAAA #2 Seed, Centennial (15-4-0) on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:30pm, at Freedom Field.
Unlike the first match between the Bears and the Northside Eagles, which ended 6-0, Friday nights Region Finals came down to one goal and 80 minutes of stellar defense. In the 11th minute, a perfectly executed buildup and finish was all that was needed to secure a win. Hunter Henry combined with his brother Heath in the midfield who slotted a perfect ball to Freshman Austin Marfell,s run. Moving from right to left, Marfell hit a perfect shot with his left foot into the left upper 90 past extended Northside Keeper, Colin Thomas, who blocked every other shot (and there were plenty) but this loan goal. From that point, HoCo's stellar defensive play took over the game and denied numerous attacks from the Eagles. Keeper Declan Furlough appeared bored at times, but made an outstanding "punch-out" play near the 18 yard box line that stopped a potential Northside goal, in the first half. The last 10 minutes were tense and a bit hectic for the Bears defense. Northside's #10, Alex Gelter gave his Eagles an opportunity to tie the match late in the game with a perfectly placed free kick that found the head of his teammate inside the 18 yard box. But, the header went wide and the Bears closed out the game with possession and alert play. Coach Stephen Edwards, in his first year at the helm, was elated (relieved) after the game as were his players who decided the remaining Gatorade in the cooler was better served over Coach's head! The victory places the Bears as #1 Seed for Region 1 in the State Playoffs and marks their 11th Region TItle since 2003.
The Bears are thirsty for another victory in their last Region matchups as they hit the road this Friday. Our Lady's are poised to secure the second spot in Region 1-AAAAAA if they can pull off the victory and an eventual rematch in Leesburgh for the Region Championship match. The Men have secured home field advantage for the Region Final, with the win over Northside, but look to stay on a winning run at Coffee. Game times are 5:00pm for the Lady Bears and 7:00pm for the Bears. We will see you at the "Coffee Cup"! Address is: 159 Trojan Way, Douglas, GA 31533