Patterson forfeits 5 games over ineligible player

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 08, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Patterson boys soccer team must forfeit five games for using an academically ineligible player, and its coach, John Miller said last night that he has resigned as a result of the incident.

Miller, in his third year as coach, said the infraction was discovered "sometime last week" by athletic director Roger Wrenn. Wrenn reported the infraction to city athletic director Bob Wade yesterday, Wade said. Wrenn could not be reached.

The penalty comes a year after the Clippers' football team was required to forfeit two games for using an academically ineligible player.

The Clippers' adjusted soccer record slipped from 6-1 overall and 6-0 in their league to 1-6, 1-5.

Yesterday's victory over Mervo was unaffected, said Harry Martin, the former junior varsity girls coach who replaced Miller on Monday.

Martin's girls JV assistant, Meghan Cauzillo, is now coach of the girls, who defeated Poly yesterday for the first time in more than a decade.

The Clippers' boys team was the city co-champion with Poly in Miller's first year, runner-up to the Engineers last year, and had defeated the Engineers, 3-2, last week to gain the inside track to this year's crown.

Miller called the mistake an oversight caused in part by his feeling overwhelmed by a three-course load at Johns Hopkins University, where he is earning his masters degree in teaching.

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