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Soccer Team Wins State Championship!

By Steve Reames
Department of Math and Computer Science

This last weekend the men's soccer team distinguished Sam Houston State University by winning the university division of the state intramural soccer tournament held at the University of Texas-Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The win qualifies the team to attend the national finals to be held in either Atlanta, Georgia or Phoenix, Arizona.

A 4-1 win over The University of San Antonio and a 2-2 tie with the University of Houston set up the SHSU soccer Kats for Sunday's final against the tournament sweepers, University of Texas Brownsville. A 2-1 win brought the bleachers ablaze (the women's soccer team, some alumni, and parents were cheering them on).

The team is a wonderful mixture of dedicated students from several countries including Liberia, Sweden, Mexico, and San Salvador to name a few. Their observable dedication to the sport and to the school, by this adviser, has been outstanding. All players have expressed to me to extend their gratitude to the team's loyal supporters. The annual raffle, soccer camp for kids, and other fund raising assist in the minimal $1500 budget allowed for this team. I think it is about time we get behind them.

Again, team, a job well done! Congratulations!

Additional note: The 1999 State Champions soccer team will play against the alumni on Saturday (Nov. 13) at Pritchett Field at 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy! For more info call Joel Diaz at 409.295.5304.

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Nov. 9, 1999
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