Haley Mills

Haley Mills was one of the most special young girls I have known in my years coaching soccer, she had a smile that would light up any room she was in and she was a very good friend to everyone. Knowing Haley is a privilege many people had as she was very popular and always had a big smile on her face that would just made your day that much enjoyable, her family and friends will always remember her with the fondest of memories and with her goalie gloves on her hands ready for another day on the soccer field.

You will be sorely missed by all the people who loved and cared about you

#19 Haley Mills 11/19/1996 - 04/19/2010 
 
Daniel Verduzco proud coach of the U14 HYSA Fury
 
  
 
Seth Christy
 
By all accounts, Seth Christy was a remarkable young man, dedicated to his family, church, school and to soccer. An outstanding player, both with the Burlington SC Flames and Southern Alamance High School, he and his brother (as kids) would construct some type of crude soccer goal (with lots of duct tape!) and play mini-games in the mornings while waiting on the school bus or until the goal broke. And that doesn't count the countless games played in the church parking lot!

As a club player, Seth played up by one and sometimes two years in age. Being a larger kid helped him fit right in! As he entered high school, he played with his true age division and simply knocked other kids off the ball. But even with his size, he would always have at least one move per game that you thought he had practiced 1000 times, but it was sheer natural ability.

Seth loved to make friends, and is probably the reason a lot of his friends began playing soccer - or playing more seriously! At times there were three or four kids that would ride to the game with Seth and the family.

Off the field, Seth loved to have fun, inventing games with his friends like "Pearl Harbor" and "Four Wheeler Tag".

Seth Christy passed away on February 28, 2009 at the age of 19.

Jerry Hart

Jerry Hart played for CASL since he was four years old. As he grew, his love and dedication for the game grew. Jerry’s love for the game and his
unwavering positive attitude can still be seen in the eyes of his teammates as they remember him while on the field.

Joseph Gerald Hart
“Jerry”
92 CASL Premier
January 9, 1993 - January 26, 2009

Raven Nicole Kennedy
 
Raven Nicole Kennedy – DOB 08/10/1993 DOD 01/24/2010

On Sunday January 24, 2010, an afternoon with friends turned tragic when Raven Nicole Kennedy was killed in a four-wheeler accident several miles from her home. Raven was 16 years old, and the only child of Padrick and Nancy Kennedy. Raven was a junior at East Duplin High School of Beulaville, North Carolina. She lived in Chinquapin, North Carolina, was a Christian and was very involved in her church youth group. Raven is greatly missed by both her family and friends and she will never be forgotten.

Raven was a natural born athlete and she played a variety of sports. However, soccer was her favorite! She played as a defender, most often as a sweeper or stopper. Raven was always a team player and never one to concern herself to be the focal point of the team. Her first experience with soccer was at age 6. Her opinion back then was that it involved way too much running!  As Raven got older she developed a great love for the game of soccer and running was no longer a problem for her, rather something she enjoyed. Even at home, Raven would run and practice different drills in her spare time. She always gave 100% in a game and never let a loss get her down.  Raven was part of several conference and tournament championships in junior high school and with East Duplin Soccer Club Recreation teams. She played with Beulaville Soccer in the 1st grade, the Chinquapin Junior High School team in the 7th and 8th grades, as well as the Lady Pythons. In the 9th and 10th grades, she played on the East Duplin High School Varsity teams, as well as DC United and DEM Girls.

Riley Michelle Philpot

Soccer is so much more than just the game. It is the relationships that the players and the families build as we play and watch the game. One of those relationships developed for our family during the spring of 2006, when a spunky 5-year-old by the name of Riley was placed on our recreation team.  Riley played hard, had fun, never gave up, and always had a smile on her face. She was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor, a pediatric cancer of the kidney, before the end of that season.  For five years, Riley fought against cancer the same way that she battled on the soccer field. She never gave up; she never lost faith; she always had a beautiful smile on her face. Even during times of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Riley could be found on the soccer field playing first at the recreational level and then on the Pitt Greenville Academy team. Although she lost her earthly battle against cancer this past May, Riley has eternal victory in heaven. I am confident she is celebrating in heaven, just as she would celebrate after scoring on the soccer field. Her presence is felt on the soccer field every time her teammates play. These young girls play to honor her memory. Riley taught them it isn’t as important whether you win or lose the battle. It’s more important how you wage the war.

 Riley Michelle Philpot

June 15, 2000 – May 25, 2011