More than just soccer under new lights

Andrew Alexander

More than just soccer under new lights

Adamsville City Commissioner Matt Wood, Mayor David Leckner, and long-time Adamsville Soccer coach and enthusiast Richard White turn on the new lights at the soccer field. Staff Photo by Andrew Alexander

Last Friday night was a special night for soccer in Adamsville.

Long-time Adamsville soccer coach, supporter, and enthusiast Richard White saw the first soccer game played under the new lights on Cardinal Field behind Adamsville Elementary School.

Fans witnessed a blending of old and new Lady Cardinal soccer players coming together to compete in the first-ever Adamsville alumni soccer game. 

Everyone was treated to an Adamsville Youth Soccer match which showcased the future stars of Adamsville Cardinal Soccer. 

But, all of those things were overshadowed by the generosity shown by the City of Adamsville and its people’s never-ending support of their neighbors in need. All of the proceeds from the gate and concession sales were donated to former Lady Cardinal soccer player Jordan Lambert, who is on the road to recovery after a horrible car accident last month.

“We were going to try and put some money into soccer,” said Bubba Martin, Adamsville Parks and Recreation Director, “but we thought it was a better thing to do to do it for Jordan because Steven (Lambert) has been around so long, and Jordan played soccer, and they are a great part of our community.”

The lights being turned on was more than just a signal of the birth of a new age in Cardinal Soccer; they shined down on a deserving community that is always there to lift up its loved ones.

“It’s a special night on two cases,” said Adamsville Mayor David Leckner. “One, for all the good work and hard effort that’s come into getting these lights out here on the field...and we’re also very happy about the idea Bubba had about donating all the proceeds from tonight to Jordan Lambert. That was a great idea. We miss her, we love her, and we hope for her speedy’s nice to see a community effort behind something.”

First-ever Adamsville alumni soccer game goes to current Lady Cards in shootout

The first-ever Adamsville Alumni Soccer Game was decided by a penalty kick shootout with the current Lady Cardinals stealing a victory away from the alumni.

Former Lady Cards Chloe Mullis and Sarah Burks scored on their PK opportunities, but Kelsee Berryman, Andrea Martin, and Elisabeth Churchwell’s shots were true too, giving the current Lady Cards a 3-2 victory in the shootout after regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.

The alumni, dressed in red, dominated possession before the first intermission, making things difficult on the current Lady Cardinal players, donning white.

Mullis scored the first goal of the game on a free-kick from around 30 yards out. She blistered a shot over the wall of alumni and current players, and it sailed just above goalkeeper Olivia Wright’s reach to give the former Lady Cards a 1-0 lead.

Lady Cardinal head coach Rebecca Ashe, who took part in the competition despite graduating from McNairy Central, barely missed a scoring opportunity when she almost netted a header off a Mullis corner kick in the waning moments before the second intermission.

After the second break, the high schoolers made their move. Samantha Oaks scored the equalizer on a breakaway, forcing the shootout and ultimately putting her team in position to steal away the win. 

Youth soccer players set stage for memorable night

The evening’s events began with an Adamsville Youth Soccer scrimmage. Nearly 30 youth soccer players were divided into two teams; Red and White. 

The white team came out on top. Camden Milford scored a goal in the first half, and Hannah Russell put one into the net in the second to give the White team a 2-0 victory, but the kids all had a great time, according to White team coach Wayne Mast.