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Wabash United kicks off second season

Story provided by Roy Church

With one league championship already in its back pocket, the Wabash United Futbol Club (WUFC) is getting ready to kick off its second season.

Competing in the North East Select Soccer League (NESSL) of the Indiana Soccer League, the Wabash United 13-and-under (13U) squad captured the Spring title with eight wins and two ties.

That 13U group will compete in the 14-and-under (15U) age group this Fall, with play scheduled to begin Sept. 9. The club will also field a team in the 12-and-under (12U) age group and one in the 10-and-under (10U) age group. In its first season, the local club fielded two 13U teams and one 11U squad. The 13U Maroon squad took second place and the White team finished fourth. The 11U did not fare as well, finishing in the bottom half of the standings.

Clubs from Angola, Columbia City, Fort Wayne, Huntington and Jay County also compete in the NESSL. The three teams open play Saturday in Fort Wayne and then travel to Warsaw to play Columbia City on Sunday. Wabash United’s home openers will be Sep. 14 against Huntertown. Games begin at 1 p.m. Wabash United plays its home games at the Field of Dreams.

Emily Guenin-Hodson will be assisting Vanderpool with the 14U team this season, Shellie Stout and Mark France will guide the 12U squad and Vanderpool and Seth Denney will coach the 10U. Other board members of the not-for-profit organization, are Keisha Wright, Tim Drake and Scott Greiner.

“Our goal is to play as hard as we practice,” Vanderpool said. “This season’s 14U squad has been together for four or five seasons now going back to YMCA soccer and the WaSoNoMa team. We’ll have several 13-year-olds on the squad, but I think we’ll size up pretty well with the other teams. We’ve proven we can compete with the best (during the first year in the league).

“We play respectable soccer,” he continued, “and the team has been complimented by (opposing) coaches and referees for their sportsmanship. That and their outstanding attitude (toward the game) is what stands out about us as a club.”