One of the first scrimmages ahead of the high school soccer season was held on Saturday in sweltering heat as Jeffersonville’s boys’ team entertained New Albany.
It was a pretty low key affair, but it gave the coaches an opportunity to play through their entire varsity and junior varsity rosters before heading into a week of conditioning.
The Red Devils have a new coach in the shape of Carson Webb (formerly Frankfort HS girls’ coach), who has replaced Ryan Bixler at the helm.
His assistant, Shawn Smith, who is now in his fourth year at Jeffersonville, said it’s too early gauge freshman participation, but isn’t aware of any of them playing select soccer for a local club, which is a first for him since being at the school.
“It’s not an issue so much,” he said. “It just means that we’ll probably not have any freshman coming into the varsity squad right away.”
Dutch Vigar returns as New Albany’s head coach after a one year stint as interim athletic director at the school.
He replaces his son, Ben, who had a rather successful short spell in charge, with the Bulldogs winning the 2009 regional championship.
Vigar said they expect to have about 10 freshmen playing amongst the varsity and junior varsity squads this year.
For the record, Jeffersonville won the game with a lone goal by Lucas Rigsby.