U-19 Boys match has definite Herd feel
HUNTINGTON -- It isn't often that a player on the pitch hears the opposing coach heckle him about his appearance, but that was part of the allure of Sunday's U-19 Boys match between the Allegheny Force (Pa.-W) and the CFC Elite (W.Va.).
CFC coach Tomas Olivier consistently heckled a trio of Allegheny Force players -- Cody Partyka, Aaron Hembree and Anthony Virgara -- but with good reason.
This fall, the trio will all be on the same sidelines with Olivier, an assistant coach for Marshall men's soccer.
"I like to get away with stuff like that," Olivier said. "They are used to me yelling at them anyway, whether it is the fall or the spring, so it was good."
Olivier was throwing out barbs the entire match, but it was Allegheny Force that got the last laugh with a 7-0 win in which Partyka scored on a second-half penalty kick.
"I just wanted to get back at him for calling me an ugly, curly-haired kid during the game," Partyka joked. "I couldn't believe he said that -- actually, I could believe he said that, but it was just a little payback."
The match featured a total of four Marshall players as the Allegheny trio went up against CFC's Alex Molina, a former Cabell Midland standout who is now with the Herd.
Partyka and Hembree each played with Molina last year for the Herd while Virgara is coming in as a freshman this fall.
Molina said this was a match that he had been looking forward to since the draw came out. Even though the result wasn't in his favor, he said it was fun.
"It was probably my favorite match of the week just because I knew we'd all be playing together this fall," Molina said. "I played with Cody before in Super-Y league and Anthony was on the team too, so I kind of knew everyone to an extent."
After the match, the four players talked for a while and joked before going their separate ways, only to return in five weeks for the start of camp at Marshall.
Hembree said that the result of the match gives him and his teammates a little ammunition heading into the fall when they are taking orders from Olivier.
"It was different hearing him on the opposing sideline for once, but it's always fun to mix it up with him," Hembree said. "It also gives us something to talk smack about this fall."
Olivier might get the last word in, however.
As he left the field, he yelled at Partyka and Virgara that he was going to make sure they get haircuts before the start of the Marshall season.
"Those are going to have to go," Olivier said. "Their hair has its own gift shop it's so big. I got the word from (Marshall head) coach (Bob) Gray. That will be taken care of. It's got to go."