Seneca Soccer honors players, pays tribute to fallen coach

Seneca Soccer honored its 200 fall recreation and travel players last Saturday during “Seneca Soccer Day.”

The event, held at the Elkins High School auditorium, was to celebrate another successful soccer season and present end-of-season awards to each player.

It also included the announcement of the Ford Soccer Skills Challenge Winners as well as a tribute to Seneca Soccer volunteer coach, Jerry Stevens, who passed away unexpectedly this year.

A member of the West Virginia Soccer Association, Seneca Soccer is the largest soccer club in Randolph County, serving hundreds of players each year.

This fall season, Seneca Soccer fielded 18 recreational teams, coached by hard-working, volunteer coaches and four travel teams, coached by Valley Soccer Academy coaches and directed by D&E women’s soccer coach, Raul Ovalle.

“I am very pleased with the season and how it went for all teams, from player development to parent and manager relations,” Ovalle said. “We look forward to continued growth with the travel teams and the organization.”

Seneca Soccer has teamed up with VSA for several years. In addition to providing professional coaching for the “Seneca Storm” travel teams, Seneca Soccer contracts VSA to provide two clinics each season to every recreational team.

“We are proud to be able to provide our recreational players with extra, professional training each season” Seneca Soccer President Heather Croson said. “We have seen marked improvement in the technical skills of our players. The clinics also give our volunteer coaches tips and drills that they take back to their practices. It has been a great investment for our club.”

The fall season may just be winding down but Seneca Soccer is already preparing for both winter and spring soccer. There are three options for players interested in participating in winter soccer. Mid-week, one hour clinics are available for U8 to U14 players.

Sunday Dynamics are available for players ages 8-17, for one hour on Sunday afternoons. The Dynamics focus on improving technical skills. Then, for any player who participates in either the mid-week clinics or the Sunday Dynamics, there are 3 vs 3 “Micro Soccer” tournaments held on weekends in Fairmont.

Winter soccer starts in December and runs through February.

Interested parties may visit for more information.

For those interested in travel soccer this spring, there will be assessments today at Riverbend Park on the large field.

Academy (U8-U9) and U10 travel assessments will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and U12 and U14 assessments will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.