Soccer alums gather

Sunday, August 10, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:07 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

It’s never too late to start playing a new sport.

Paul Rubenstein, 54, played soccer for the first time in the second annual Rock Bridge High Boys’ Soccer Alumni Game on Saturday at Rock Bridge.

Rubenstein played though his son, Jack, 18, a former Bruins goalkeeper, couldn’t make the game. Rubenstein played goalkeeper because one team lacked a goalie.

“I still made a couple of good saves,” Rubenstein said.

About 20 alumni played.

David Graham, Rock Bridge’s boys’ soccer coach, graduated from the school in 1986 and said he was excited to see his old players.

Graham said he established the event last year to raise money for the program, taking a cue from Harry Lewis, a former Rock Bridge boys’ soccer coach.

Graham said Lewis used to invite alumni to practice against his teams in the 1980s and early ‘90s.

Graham said the team is no longer allowed to practice with alumni, so he started the event for alumni only.

Kyle Reed, a 2003 graduate, said he played Saturday because of fond memories.

“The memory of my high school days is all about soccer,” Reed said. “Most of my good friends are from the team.”

He said he enjoyed the event because he could see some of his friends he hasn’t seen for more than a year.

“I’ll keep coming back, “ Reed said.

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