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Fourth Annual Owensboro Street Soccer Bowl to Help Local Athletes

While it may be months before the fall season, local girls and boys soccer players are keeping fit at the fourth annual Owensboro Street Soccer Bowl starting in the summer.

Brother Nikos and Christakis Agisilau returned to him again in May, promoting the tournament for the fourth time. In total, they managed to collect 37 teams from many age groups of girls and boys.

Owensboro Catholic goalkeeper Abby Payne was one of the players who competed in the football cup, which began on Monday 13 June and will run until Monday 20 June due to heat and extenuating circumstances for a championship game while playing for the Pink Panthers. university silver division and victory in the championship.

“This is my second time playing street football,” Payne said. “Both times were great fun. I could play with teammates against people we could never play in the regular season. The bowl allows us to participate in different competitions, but at the same time have a lot of fun.”

The outdoor court used at Legion Park is much smaller than what most football players are used to, limiting the playing field and forcing fewer players to compete at the same time. However, the result is a faster paced game that can help players grow by learning different ways to succeed.

Davis County boys linebacker and soon-to-be senior Sean Higgs also competed in the high school gold division and shared a similar sentiment.

“Playing on this kind of surface requires players to think and play fast,” Higgs said. “It also requires some creativity due to the small playing area, allowing players to practice one-on-one skills and maybe do some tricks they don’t normally need.”

Payne said that the main purpose of playing football does not change with the setting, but simply helps players learn how to make adjustments and understand some of the basics. This showed that Payne and her team entered the tournament quickly, with help from a teammate who had never played street football before, which was key to their success.

“The level of talent in the bowl varies, and with that, frustration can come,” Payne said. “But it allows players to compare themselves to others and have the determination to improve their game. One of my teammates figured out how to play (since she had never played street football before) and what to do against our opponents and it had a huge impact, especially in our semi-final game.”

Higgs is still relatively new to the Owensboro Street Soccer Bowl but enjoyed the combination of high intensity and fun matches throughout the tournament.

“This was my second time participating in the tournament and in my opinion this event is a great way to find some friendly competition and play in a more relaxed environment rather than playing some important game for your school, club etc. d,” Higgs said. “[It’s a] super fun event.

Payne and Higgs also agreed that the Agisilau brothers do a good job of getting people to want to come out and watch too, adding to the atmosphere of games with lots of fans.

“One of my favorite things about street football is the people from the community who come to watch the teams play,” Higgs said. “When people watch you play and cheer for you, I find it special and definitely adds to the street football vibe.”

This applies to Payne as well, as when she reminisces about some of her favorite moments at the Owensboro Street Soccer Bowl, she thinks of all the love and support she received during the game.

“Well, my favorite memory would be my team winning this year, but in second place would be how many people came out to support me and my team in both years I played,” Payne said. “It’s amazing to see how many people support their friends and family when they play. It’s really wonderful.”

Both players wanted to make sure Nikos and Christakis got their flowers, knowing they helped create such memories and helped improve players for four straight years.

“A big thank you to the Agisilau brothers for continuing to place the cup,” Payne said. “It helps a lot, especially in preparation for the preseason.”

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