The first intramural soccer match of the season was a success for Fort Leonard Wood’s U.S. Marine Corps Detachment in every sense of the word.
Playing April 9 against the 84th Chemical Battalion team, the Marines won 10-0. The detachment scored in the first minute of play on a goal by midfielder Noe Nolasco. Four minutes later, Marine forward Chip Andrews scored; and, four minutes after that, following two shots on goal, Marine forward Ari Aregbesola scored his first goal of the match.
With an 18-man roster to give it fresh players throughout the contest, the Marine Det. would go on to score seven more times against the undermanned 84th Chem. Bn. team, which started with only seven players and eventually fielded eight in the nine-on-nine match.
“We have youth, and we definitely have speed and aggressiveness,” Marine Det. coach Lino Rincon said when asked to describe his team. “Those are the traits you need, and those are the traits we have.”
Eleven military-unit teams are taking part in this year’s intramural soccer season, an increase of three teams over last year.
“This year, we actually had a big turnout,” said Luis Padilla with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Department. “Each of those teams, on paper at least, have given us a minimum of 15 players. So, this will be the longest soccer season we’ve seen in a while — at least the longest I’ve been a part of — and we’re excited about it.”
Teams will play up to 10 weeks at 6 and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on Field 2, along with some occasional matches and make-up games on Thursdays. Schedules may be subject to change due to weather and other considerations. Following the end of the regular season, teams will face each other in the annual Commander’s Cup Soccer Tournament.
Padilla said fans are welcome to come cheer on their favorite teams from the stands.
“We have plenty of space,” Padilla said. “They can come in, sit down and enjoy the games. The players, especially the Soldiers, love the support, so by all means, everybody who wants to come on down — they’re are more than welcome.”
In other matches played April 9:
— The 554th Engineer Battalion defeated the Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course 4-1;
— The 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, beat the 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 5-2.
In matches played April 10:
— The 84th Chemical Battalion beat the 3-10th Inf. Bn. 7-6;
— The Medical Department Activity defeated the 3rd Chemical Brigade 9-2.