Toccoa Falls College men’s soccer team at finished their spring season last Friday with a unique fundraiser. The Eagles culminated the 6 week training program with a “100 goal marathon game.” The purpose of the game was to raise funds for the upcoming 2013 season. Each player on the team was to obtain a sponsorship for participating in this unique event.
The players and coaches at TFC were divided into the navy, gold, and white teams for a round-robin, 7 on 7 tournament. Each game lasted 10 minutes and the teams rotated until 100 accumulative goals were reached. The event kicked off at midnight with nearly 100 fans in attendance, music, drums, and a grill to feed those in attendance.
After 3 hours and 42 minutes of game time and periodic rain, team captain Josh Gailer scored the 100th goal from close range and ended the event. Gailer’s team won the event with 47 of the goals. Also playing on the gold team were Jon Wright, Michael Howell, Erik Garrigo, Lenny Kroneman, Ben Maxey, Sully Adams, and Josh Jordan. Gailer and senior Lenny Kroneman combined for 18 goals in the effort. Erik Garrigo contributed 5 goals, including a perfectly placed strike from long range to the upper right corner. Jon Wright, gold’s starting keeper, tallied a goal late in the game. The white team finished as runner up and was led by Noah Smith’s 5 goals.
“The guys had a great spring and improved in several areas. This was a great way to finish the spring season,” head coach Rob Worsley said. “I want to thank the fans were attended the marathon game despite the poor weather. I also want to thank everyone who sponsored a player in this event.”
The Eagles will begin the defense of their 2012 region championship on August 24 with an exhibition at Columbia International University. The home opener will be on Friday, August 30 at 7:00 against Hillsdale. TFC will return all but three players from last year’s national tournament team.