Foothill High School and Amador High School soccer alumni met for the seventh year last weekend at Foothill High School for the Ryan Gordon Alumni Games.
After a wet morning of rain and fog, the sun broke out just in time for the games, which featured male and female players from the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. This year featured 78 players, 56 men and 22 women, many of them returnees from prior years, according to event organizer Curt Gordon. The games are named after Curt's son Ryan Gordon, who was a 2003 graduate of Foothill killed in a jet ski accident shortly after graduation. He had planned on attending Santa Barbara City College and to play soccer there.
Fifteen of Ryan Gordon's former teammates participated Sunday. A few players also played last weekend who originally fought against each other back in the 1970s, including Dion Hock (FHS, 1978), Kevin Crow (AVHS, 1979), Keith Clay (AVHS, 1977) and Lynne Sullivan (FHS, 1979).
Monies raised are donated to the men's and women's soccer programs at the two high schools. This year's games raised $6,200, the most raised since the inaugural games in 2003, and bringing the total since they started to $42,000.
In the first game the Foothill women extended their win streak to three games by winning 3-1. Foothill has now won five of the seven games. Jill Sweetnam (2003) scored first for the winners, followed by goals from Erin Mares (2001) and Carrie Andrews (2006). Allie Cefalo (2004) on loan from Foothill scored for Amador near the end of the game.
The men's side saw Amador getting by Foothill 4-1 and continuing their series dominance by winning 6 of the 7 games played so far. Amador scored first on a goal by Mike Klotovich (1999) but the game was soon tied on a spectacular shot by Kyle Crain (2006). Amador also got goals from Mike Carlson (1996), Nick Rodrigues (2003) and Tom Snyder (2003).
Volunteers manned the snack bar, collected tickets, announced the action and refereed the games. Additionally members of the Foothill freshman boy's team chased after errant balls. One of the highlights was when before the women's game the pre-recorded national anthem went on the blink right in the middle and the 22 women's players gathered in the center of the field took over and loudly completed the song.
The Hop Yard Alehouse and All Star Sports both contributed to the cause. Each winning team was provided with a trophy that travels back and forth to each year's winning high school.