The Owen Sound Minor Soccer Association held its annual Soccer Day on Saturday at the Kiwanis Soccer Complex.
From 9 a.m., until the last game kicked-off at 7 p.m., soccer fans were invited to cheer on the local representative and house-league teams.
Owen Sound Minor Soccer president Mark Perry said eight under-10 and under-12 house league games were scheduled between 9 and 11 a.m., for the jamboree portion of the day before the rep teams started.
“It’s one of the best soccer complexes in Ontario,” Perry said of the fields at the city’s Kiwanis Soccer Complex.
The Owen Sound Strikers, Under-21 women’s team, and United men’s team, were all in action at the Soccer Complex’s main field on Saturday.
The Owen Sound United men’s team lost 9-0 to the Polish Eagles in their home opener. The loss moves the team to 0-4 on the year in the Kitchener District Soccer League standings.
The Owen Sound Joe Tomato’s/Bayshore Physical Therapy United women under-21 team played the London Youth Whitecaps to a 1-1 draw in Western Regional Soccer League action. After a scoreless first half Maya Torrie opened the scoring in the 53rd minute with a solid right-footed strike from 15 yards. London levelled the match in the 70th minute on free kick from just outside the penalty area. With the draw, Owen Sound moves to 1-1-2 on the season.
Any child in attendance wearing an Owen Sound United jersey was automatically entered into a draw for prizes drawn at half-time in both the under-21 women’s team and men’s United games.
Perry said he hoped the day raised enough money to support each of the program’s rep teams with $100 to $200, but final numbers hadn’t been tallied by Sunday night.
Perry said he’s seen participation numbers go down since he started in the role of president with the Owen Sound Minor Soccer Association nine years ago. He’s held the role for parts of seven soccer seasons since then.
He said the lower numbers are a result of the region’s demographic change, and the City’s introduction of a $100 non-resident fee – paid on top of registration costs – for families outside of the Owen Sound city limits who want to join the league.
Some of the surrounding centres offer a partial reimbursement of the fee.
The annual soccer celebration featured a winning 50/50 draw of over $200, a fundraising barbecue, and prize draws throughout the day.
The Owen Sound Police were on hand to radar shot speeds with prizes for the fastest kick in each age group.
Cloths for Kidneys accepted donations of used clothing, shoes, accessories, linens and towels.