OTTUMWA — Hosting your own tournament, no matter what time of year it is, never proves to be an easy endeavor.
What was supposed to be a busy ‘kickoff’ weekend of both the men’s and women’s soccer programs of Indian Hills Community College got much less hectic when the William Penn JV and Century College women’s teams had to call off the plans to travel this weekend to Ottumwa for the IHCC ‘Kickoff’ Tournament. That left only the Warrior men’s soccer team left to open its season while the women’s team will have to wait two more weeks.
But sometimes, according to IHCC men’s and women’s coach Doug Siegle, seemingly bad news can have a very positive outcome.
“Our women’s team is fairly thin and we’ve been battling some injuries ourselves, so to get a couple extra weeks to heal up actually works out fairly well for them,” Siegle said.
Meanwhile, the soccer weekend will continue on with three men’s matches set to be played over the next three days on the Indian Hills Soccer Field. It will mean that, on Saturday, no IHCC team will actually be in action as the Warriors play in the opening day and final day of the tournament facing Century at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon to open the 2013 men’s soccer season before facing Wentworth Academy at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
But while Century and Wentworth will have the IHCC pitch to themselves on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff, the afternoon will also feature a chance for the youth of Ottumwa to get acclimated to the sport of soccer. The Ottumwa Youth Soccer Association will be holding signups for the upcoming season while the Warriors practice, put on skill demonstrations and even sign autographs for the soccer stars of tomorrow from 1-3 p.m.