Huntsville Soccer Club’s indoor co-ed league off to a great start, players still welcome



Submitted by the Huntsville Soccer Club

The Huntsville Soccer Club’s Indoor Co-ed League has kicked off in fine fashion this year, with Gooners Huntsville and Galacticos Muskoka leading the charge.

For the first time, the league has expanded and now features six teams competing for the title.

The Gooners, led by captain Dave Caplan, and the Galaticos, captained by Chuck Lefebvre, both sport 2-0 records after Week 2.

Caplan is looking to complete an unprecedented double—winning the outdoor and indoor league titles back-to-back. Echoing a famous former Arsenal manager, Caplan was thoughtful when asked about it.

“It would be nice to accomplish the feat,” says Caplan. “But really I just want us to play an attractive brand of football. The results will come if we play as a team.”

Meanwhile, last year’s indoor champions captained by Chris Occhiuzzi have been torn apart due to several contractual disputes. Occhiuzzi now leads Il Lupi Neri (1-1 after two matches) and is aiming for back-to-back titles. Retaining the incomparable Ted Maduri, who missed most of last year with undisclosed injuries, Occhiuzzi is confident they’ll be there in the end.

“Winners win,” he says. “Our team knows what it takes to step up when it counts.”

The other team sitting at 1-1 is Wolfsburg Algonquin, captained by Graham Thompson.

Meanwhile Mel Mercier’s We Ain’t Got No History and Kyle Litchfield’s La Viola are each languishing at 0-2. However, both captains know there is plenty of time to turn their seasons around, especially when playing each other on Dec. 4.

“We played well enough to win both games,” says Mercier. “Unfortunately, we fell short each time. We know if we keep working hard, the wins will come.”

Playing Tuesday nights at Huntsville High School, the indoor co-ed league is both competitive and fun.

“It’s really exciting to see growth in our adult programs,” says Occhiuzzi, the Huntsville Soccer Club Adult Coordinator. “I’m hoping we can continue to expand both our summer and indoor leagues even more in the coming years.”

Occhiuzzi says even though they’ve started, there are still four player spots remaining for those interested in joining.

“Yes, there is a competitive aspect to the league, but everyone knows we have to work in the morning,” he says. “It’s really about getting a good workout in and enjoying a great sport.”

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