MONTGOMERY — People in Montgomery will have another group of Vikings to root for this fall, as the Barr-Reeve Soccer Club will make its debut in August.
The co-ed team is a club sport and not affiliated with the school, however it features players from grades 5 through 8, all from Montgomery and all ready to play "the beautiful game" as it is known internationally.
The team was formed by area soccer enthusiasts Justin and Lauren Wilson, and Scott Mattingly, all who played soccer in the area in the 1990s at Washington and Washington Catholic. Justin also play for four years at the University of Southern Indiana and is now in his 20th year of coaching.
"Barr-Reeve is growing and they see a need for more sports. There are just a handful of sports and this is a way to get 11 kids on the field and roster 18," said Justin Wilson.
"We were originally hoping to get enough for one team and we ended up having 35 sign up."
The team will feature an "A" and a "B" team and they will be playing in the Southern Indiana Junior High Soccer Conference.
"There are teams from all over, including places like Washington, Jasper and Pike Central," he said.
Wilson said they were able to essentially able to pick their own schedule.
"When we scheduled teams, we tried to pick schools that had two teams and had been established in the last five years, teams in a similar situation to us."
Mattingly and Wilson said they were very unsure what type of team they would have this year.
"We were very unfamiliar with most of the kids. Some have never played before, but some have played in the Federation and some have played travel soccer, so we have kids at all levels," said Wilson.
"There is going to be some catch-up, but these kids seem to be good students, good listeners and I think that will correlate to becoming good players. The more they listen, the better they will be."
Wilson said they are kind of using the Barr-Reeve track team as an example for a way to grow the program.
"That is the model. The track team started as a club and was not affiliated with the school at first, but they have grown into a team," he added.
They are currently playing behind Antioch Christian Church and will be adding a building where they can store equipment and have concessions.
"We are also hoping to have some generator lights out here for games in late September and October," added Wilson.
"We know that we have to develop this program, and we need to get more student-athletes involved, but we are hoping to have a JV team in about two years. We hope that we could then progress to a varsity and JV team after that. I think the vision with the all the expansion over there is to eventually have a track and a soccer field at that facility."
Mattingly said the season will begin on Aug. 17 at Tell City and the first home game will be Aug. 20 against Pike Central.
"Right now we have 10 varsity games and six JV games," said Mattingly.