Tigres win popular YMCA adult soccer league
World on the Square took center stage Saturday afternoon in downtown Corydon; however, many different nationalities have also come together on Saturday mornings throughout the summer to tackle the world’s most popular sport: soccer.
The YMCA of Harrison County has offered an adult soccer league for the past few years, and interest continues to rise. This past season, the league had six teams, culminating with the league championship Saturday.
Wearing representative colors of the Mexican Primera Division club team, Tigres, the YMCA version of the club won the championship match, 2-0. Scoring the final goal, seconds before the full-time whistle, Miguel and his teammate celebrated near the net.
‘I was happy to put in the last goal to take the trophy,’ Miguel, who has three family members on his team, said.
Walter Pauly, sports and camp program director at the YMCA, said the league has grown quickly.
In the coming weeks, the YMCA will host an adult indoor soccer league. Pauly said he hopes several participants in the outdoor league will make the transition to indoors.
On the pitch, several different nationalities come together during the season. The teams that met in the championship were Hispanic, while the remaining league teams had players from Egypt, Central America and America.
‘I’m glad the YMCA provides this league to me and my friends,’ Naum Mil, a Tigres player, said. ‘I’m glad my team won. This is my second trophy in the league. Hopefully, I can come back next year and win another one.’
The league plays two 30-minute halves at the fields at the YMCA in Corydon.
Pride is key for each team. Most pick their favorite club team, whether it’s Tigres or Manchester United, and create their uniforms.
‘We were told to wear numbers on our jerseys,’ Fernando Paz said. ‘So, most of the teams picked their favorite club teams to represent them.’
Paz works for the YMCA and participates in the Saturday matches.
‘I was unfortunate my team didn’t win the championship,’ Paz said. ‘There are a lot of good teams and soccer players. There are players from not only Corydon, but from New Albany and Louisville.’
Paz is especially grateful for the league’s presence.
‘It’s great they provide this,’ he said. ‘For me, and some friends, it helps keep us out of trouble. I’ve had a lot of experiences out here, including meeting new people from different countries.’
Amado, who played goal keeper, holding a clean sheet for Tigres, said this will be his last season at the YMCA.
‘I am glad to win the tournament,’ Amado said. ‘It is unfortunate that it will be my last time playing in the league. I am headed back to home to my family, but I had a lot of fun with friends of different nationalities.’
Those interested in playing in the adult indoor soccer league or next season’s outdoor league should contact the YMCA at 734-0770.