Christian Academy of Indiana senior Chris Smith has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Huntington University. 

Smith led the Warriors to their first ever soccer sectional title last October, scoring the opener in their Class A championship victory over Providence. 

“We are very proud of Chris and we pray that he will use his college years to grow closer to the Lord and represent Christ both on and off the field,” said CAI coach Will Lorigan. “Thank you, Chris, for your years as a Warrior.”

He joins another from the school, goalkeeper Drew Mattingly of Floyds Knobs, who is a sophomore at the college.

“Drew went on to Huntington as well, which helped establish a connection,” said Lorigan.

Huntington University, based in Northern Indiana, is a Christian liberal arts college. It is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, or NAIA, which consists of smaller colleges and universities across the United States.

The Foresters finished last season with an overall record of 4-12-1.  

 

Local trio shine in Midwest Regional League

Nick Blackwell (New Albany), Matt Kelecy (Floyd Central) and Jordan Vejar (Jeffersonville) played an integral role in helping their Javanon ‘94 team finish in second place in the prestigious Midwest Regional League this spring.

The boys finished with a 4-1 record, beating Cup Crew Jrs. of Cincinnati (3-2), Michigan's Novi Jaguars (1-0), Ohio's Cleveland FC (6-1) and, at the weekend, fellow U.S. Youth Soccer National League runner-up Lou Fusz (4-2).

Their lone loss came in a 3-2 nail bitter to the eventual champions, Kingdom Premier of Michigan. 

Kelecy played the season in an attacking midfield role, bagging three goals. Blackwell played in defense and midfield, and Vejar helped anchor a defensive back line that yielded a 1.5 goals-against average in a combined 11 National League and Midwest Regional League games.

The team now moves on to the Kentucky State Cup where it’s the top seed at U-18 level. It will look to punch its ticket to the Region II championships, which take place in Saginaw, Mich. from June 23-27.

 

Jeff golf scramble

The Jeffersonville boys’ soccer team will hold its annual golf scramble at Hidden Creek on June 2 at 8 a.m.

The event will be a four-man scramble with a shotgun start and all proceeds will go toward the UK soccer camp this summer.  

“Last year went really well and it was a lot of fun,” said Jeff coach Carson Webb.

Cost will be approximately $70 per person.  For further information, contact Webb at 812-282-6601 (ext 15309) or e-mail at cwebb@gcs.k12.in.us.

 

Goal-line technology tested in game next week

Chelsea's 2-1 win over Liverpool to win the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday once again brought up the subject of goal-line technology.

Controversy surrounded a late header by Reds substitute Andy Carroll, which was clawed away by goalkeeper Petr Cech.

While on first impression it looked like the ball had crossed the line, replays seemed to indicate that it hadn't fully gone over. The right call, it seems, had been made, to the credit of officials.

After Chelsea's “ghost goal” in its FA Cup seminal matchup with Tottenham Hotspur last month when replays confirmed the ball had not actually crossed the line during their 5-1 win it was announced by world governing body FIFA that the final phase of goal-line technology tests were to be soon completed and a definitive decision would be made on July 2.

The International Football Association Board, soccer's rule-making body, said it approved two different systems to go into a second round of testing in game scenarios. 

The two are Hawk-Eye and GoalRef. Sony's Hawk-Eye is a camera-based, ball-tracking system and is one many sports fans will already be familiar with, as it is successfully used in tennis and cricket. 

The first match to use the technology will be next week when Eastleigh plays AFC Totton in the Hampshire Senior Cup final at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton in England on May 16. 

The system will have no bearing on the referee’s decisions during the amateur contest and the readings will only be available to an independent testing agency.

GoalRef, meanwhile, is owned by a German-Danish company and uses a magnetic field with a special ball.

It is likely to undergo match testing in two Danish Superliga matches, or one league match and Denmark's friendly against Australia on June 2.

Both systems send a signal within a second of the ball crossing the line to the referee, who then has the power to make the final call.

FIFA has four members on the board of IFAB, with the others provided by the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Changes to the laws of the game must be agreed by at least six of the eight delegates.

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