Trinidad Booters Due For St. Croix Soccer League Opener

St. Clair Murraine
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Virgin Islands Daily News

A contingent of Trinidadian soccer players will kick off the 1979 season of the St. Croix Soccer Association League July 28, Bobby Wills, president of the association, said Wednesday.

The team, on its way to the ABC Junior Tournament in Washington next month, will also play July 29 in St. Croix and make a tentatively planned stop in St. Thomas, Wills said. Seven of Trinidad's national youth players are expected to be featured on the team that will represent the Alcorn Sports Club of Trinidad.

All St. Croix games are carded for the Martin Marietta field while the game which is being arranged for St. Thomas will be played at the Lionel Roberts stadium once plans are finalized. The Saturday game is set for a 3:30 p.m. start and Sunday's play will get under way at 4 p.m.

A Hondrian-styled march will highlight the opening ceremony, Wills said.

In Saturday's game the visitors will play a combined St. Croix-St. Thomas youth team, which Wills said is a trial affair. He interjected that the trial run, with the youths will have no bearing on the formation of a national soccer team for the Virgin Islands.

Wills was replying to a question as to whether the statistics from the game would be used as a part of his selection process for the national team. His association was recently okayed by the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee as a federation. After being admitted, Wills said he would move quickly to form a squad to enter the 1981 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Midfielder Anton Corneal, a Trinidadian playing in the English League, tops the list of youngsters to see action along with veteran junior player Peter Alfred. Alfred is in his last season as a junior and has been a consistent top scorer.

Other players include Arnold Corneal, Patrick Butcher, Allen Corneal, Ray Senthill, Christian Rodriquez, Greg Gouveia and Clemont Annissetts.

Despite an opening for a goalkeep with one week of practice left before the game, Wills was optimistic that a strong all-star team from the league is possible. However, he mentioned Vincent Preiss as a strong possibility for the goalie spot.

The rest of the all-stars assured of spots are Terry Davis of Unique winners of the knockout championship, and rookie Andy Westerband from Good Hope School. Davis plays the striker position while Westerband hold the left wing post. The latter will also play on the St. Croix youth team.

Also named were Jim McKenzie and Garvin Mitchelle. Both are from the Loraine Kickers who won the Scotia Bank knockout championship.

The season is expected to continue with double-headers on Saturday and Sunday at the Mariette field. Game time will be 4 p.m. each day. One team from St. Thomas, Barclays Maple Upsetters, will be among those vying for the league championship this season.