A group of students at Coolidge High gave James Hagan, their social studies teacher and a former semiprofessional soccer player, an assignment last month: Become the school's soccer coach. Hagan agreed, and today the Colts host Eastern at 3:30 p.m. in their first soccer game since 1997.
Coolidge had not fielded a team in two years because its coach left the school and Athletic Director Mac Brown said he could not find a replacement. This season the Colts have 14 boys and one girl on their roster. The team has practiced at least three times a week for the past three weeks to prepare for the Ramblers.
"I had some kids in my classes who wanted to play soccer," Hagan said. "They said any time the school got a coach, the coach would leave after one season. They knew I had played and since I get along with them, they asked if I would coach the team. I have never coached before. But I am planning on maintaining a program at Coolidge."
Lake Braddock's Erin Swain continued her torrid season Saturday at the William and Mary Invitational in Williamsburg.
Swain won the girls individual title, finishing 3.1 miles in 17 minutes 48 seconds for her second invitational win in less than two weeks. She also became the first runner this fall to defeat Middletown (Va.) freshman Emily Buzzell, who finished second in 18:22.
Swain won the girls individual title at the Monroe-Parker Invitational on Sept. 22.
Brentsville senior David Aleman was a close second in the boys seeded race, finishing in 15:33, one second behind Harrisonburg's Jorge Ruiz.
Middletown edged Chantilly, 140 points to 171, for the girls team title. The Chargers were led by Laurie Yarger's eighth-place finish in 18:55. Robinson won the boys team title, 86 points to 143, over Western Albermarle. . . .
South Lakes junior All-Met Alan Webb remained undefeated this fall, winning the Salesianum (Del.) Invitational in 16:03. Jefferson All-Met junior Kelley Otstott won the girls individual title in 20:29, holding off Good Counsel senior Kim Hurney (20:32).
The Good Counsel boys team placed second overall behind Syosset (N.Y.), 94 points to 120. The Falcons duo of senior Matt Hanlon (third in 17:13) and sophomore Kevin Graves (fourth in 17:26) paced the team.
West Springfield won the girls team title, 66 points to 73, over North Penn (Pa.), placing four runners in the top 10. Maria Barber (third in 20:37) and Maggie Marriott (fourth in 21:08) led the Spartans.