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Youth take part in Soccer Shoot

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Photos courtesy of Johanna Keefe
Rutland Elks Lodge hosted The Elks Soccer Shoot from 8 a.m. to 12-noon at Hathaway Fields (Polo Grounds) in Rutland Town Saturday, Sept. 29.  The Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests that test different level skills for different ages.

Saturday, Sept. 29, Rutland Elks Lodge hosted The Elks Soccer Shoot from 8 a.m. to 12-noon at Hathaway Fields (Polo Grounds) in Rutland Town. Rutland High School Boys White Soccer team helped keep score and Elks Volunteers ran the program. Soccer players up to the age of 13 had a chance to participate. Soccer is one of the fastest growing youth activities in the country and this program was intended to help keep youth focused on positive activities.

The Elks Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests that test different level skills at different ages.

A "Five Goal Contest" consists of a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches. The age groups were, U-8 for kids age seven years old and younger, and U-10 for kids age eight and nine. The contest was open to boys and girls who shoot separately. The U-8 contestants kicked from 15 feet from the face of the goal, while the U-10 contestants kicked from 18 feet from the goal.

The Grid Goal Contest consists of a full-size goal sectioned off so points can be scored when the ball is kicked into certain sections. The age groups that use this goal are U-12, kids ages ten and eleven, and U-14, kids ages twelve and thirteen. The contest was open to both boys and girls and they shoot separately.

Winners from this year's shoot are: U8 Ian Reynolds and Caroline McCormack; U10 Eliot Mason and Cecily McCormack; U12 Jacob Henderson and Allison Nemeth; U14 Noah Tanon. These winners will go on to compete in the VT State Soccer Shoot in St. Albans on October 14.