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MULTIMEDIA VIDEO: Futbol club on the rise

October 3, 2013

 

 

JOHN SADLER
Staff Reporter

 

Scott Pumphrey, a senior professional aviation major and member of the futbol team, works on his kicks at practice. - Photo by Derek J. Amaya

Scott Pumphrey, a senior professional aviation major and member of the futbol team, works on his kicks at practice. – Photo by Derek J. Amaya

For years, Tech men who hoped to play soccer have had to settle for playing on an intramural team.

 

But now, the Louisiana Tech Futbol Club is offering a more professional and competitive environment for aspiring players.

 

“We have been working on this for two years, and we’ve finally got it,” said Brian Williamson, a junior environmental science major.

 

The group was the brainchild of Williamson, who said he had grown tired of the soccer options for men on Tech’s campus.

 

“The intramurals aren’t as competitive as I want,” he said. “So I decided to try and start my own club.”

 

Tanner White, a sophomore chemical engineering major, said both he and the other members appreciate the impact Williamson had on the club.

 

“It if wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have it because he’s the one who put in the effort to make it a club sport,” White said.

 

White, who plays defensive back, said the reason there was not a men’s soccer club before is that soccer just is not big in the South.

 

“It’s different than football or basketball,” White said. “I think a lot of people just don’t think about it.”

 

John Weinell said he agrees with White.

 

“I feel like football and basketball have reign here,” Weinell, a junior mathematics major, said. “Soccer is a huge deal everywhere but here.”

 

Despite the seeming unpopularity of soccer, White and Weinell both have a positive opinion on the future of the sport.

 

“I think its popularity is increasing, though,” White said. “People have started asking me for pick-up games.”

 

Weinell said he hopes the club will impact Tech enough to eventually be picked up as a varsity sport.

 

“Soccer’s popularity is definitely on the rise,” he said. “I hope Tech picks up the club, but I know that kind of stuff doesn’t happen quickly. Maybe they will do it in the next 10 years or so.”

 

Williamson said he hopes people’s preconceptions of the game will not stop Tech or audiences from taking it seriously.

 

“I think people view it as inherently foreign,” he said. “Naming it the futbol club probably didn’t help much.”

 

Williamson said the team needs supports at home and away.

 

“I want to encourage all students to come support us at our games,” he said. “We’ve got concessions and fundraisers, so come help make this team big.”

 

Email comments to jts040@latech.edu.

 

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