Women play fast and furious in countywide indoor soccer league

NEIGHBORS

August 23, 1994|By SHERRY GRAHAM

The soccer ball is passed from player to player down the field and is shot into the corner of the net for a goal. The crowd jumps to its feet and cheers. Players celebrate, then hustle back to their positions.

If this sounds like the action at a typical soccer game being played anywhere in Carroll County, look again. This is the scene at SuperSports Indoor Arena in Eldersburg when the moms come out to play.

Welcome to the Women's Indoor Soccer League, where the action Sunday evenings is fast and furious and the players are all women over 25. Most of the players are also mothers.

Offering a source of exercise for those burned out by aerobics, the women's league consists of eight teams with about 12 players each. Several husbands have been coaxed into managing or coaching a team.

Fun and exercise are the main focus of the league, says Mark Hughes, manager of the arena. But that doesn't mean the players are not competitive.

Semi-competitive is what Mr. Hughes calls the action in the league, which many refer to as moms' night out. Although standings are kept and players and fans alike note the score, this is not a win-at-all-costs league.

The soccer experience of the players ranges from novice to intermediate, with the majority of players in the beginner range, according to Mr. Hughes. The players must be at least 25; the average age is 36.

Many of the women find the play exhilarating, having watched from the sidelines for years as their children raced up and down soccer fields. It has given many of them a new respect for their children's efforts, as well as a new perspective on the game.

The league has become a family affair in many ways with husbands and kids -- even some grandparents -- coming to sit in the stands and cheer for mom. The Sunday evening time slot of 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ensures that even young children can catch a game or two.

The women's league has been in existence for about 16 months and draws women from all over Carroll County, as well as players from Reisterstown, Glyndon and Howard County.

The league continues to grow. A new session began Sunday and will continue for seven more weeks. New players are welcome to join up to the third week of the session.

SuperSports has twice-weekly drop-in sessions for women who may be contemplating joining the league but are not yet committed to a team. Players can participate in casual games Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. or Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. for $4 per player.

SuperSports is at 1430 Progress Way in Eldersburg. For more information or to join a team, contact Mark Hughes at 549-9300.

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American Legion Post No. 223 will have a crab feast and dance from 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 10 at the post, 7327 Slacks Road in Sykesville.

Dinner will be served from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will feature steamed crabs, crab soup, corn on the cob, sausage with peppers and onions, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw and desserts. Draft beer and soda are included in the limited bar.

Still Water will provide the music for dancing from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Tickets for the event are $18 per person in advance or $20 at the door.

Information: 795-7242.

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Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, at 2205 Old Liberty Road in Eldersburg, will be the site of a meeting of the PDD group at 7 p.m. Sept. 14.

This group offers support and information to family, friends, teachers and day care providers of children with pervasive developmental disorder, more commonly known as autism.

Marge Simmons will be the guest speaker at the meeting, which is open to the public.

For information, contact Mrs. Deal at 549-1180.

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