Bath Youth Soccer enjoys University Game

At a time of year when it feels like all eyes are on football, there are plenty of people excited about soccer.   Bath County’s own youth soccer league team had the thrill of attending a University of Virginia versus Duke game in Charlottesville. For many of these young players it was a special experience to see athletes of this level competing in the early stages of the ACC tournament.   Even though Virginia was victorious, it was not always clear that would be the outcome the suspense was real.

Tye Hooker, our AMR Bath High School correspondent spoke to Luke, about what it was like at the game in Charlottesville.

“Hello, what’s your name?”

“Luke Hooker.”

“Was there an excitement in the air when you entered the gates in the stadium?”

“Was it cool surrounded by soccer fans?”

“Yes it was, because they appreciate soccer as much as we do.”

“When you were in the stadium, was the crowd shouting and cheering?”

“They were cheering”

Eighty-nine minutes may not seem long to regular people, but for a soccer fan it’s an eternity. With the score still zero to zero, and ranked Virginia fighting to stay in the top twenty-five teams, Duke unranked, fought to take Virginia out of the tournament. When the goal was scored in the 89th minute, what was the stadium like?”

“It was shaking. People were stomping their feet and shouting. We were very excited, and there was just a lot of excitement in the air. “

“So I hear you got to meet the players after the game?”

“Yes, it was great seeing them after seeing them play and how well they’ve practiced and done.”

Both visitors and home stands were filled during the game.

“Was there a sense of pride in the stands?”

“Yes there was, because people were lad to voice their opinion and show people how much they appreciate and look up to their team.”

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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