East Lincoln’s girls varsity soccer team is hosting the sixth annual Andy Kosmala Memorial Tournament today and Saturday, but the tournament isn’t entirely focused on what happens on the soccer pitch.
Proceeds from the tournament, between the Lady Mustangs, South Iredell, West Iredell and Pine Lake Prep, are being used this year to benefit Mike Cadenhead, a member of the East Lincoln community who was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer in 2012.
“Mike has painted every field we have and fixed most of the electronics at some point on all our outdoor fields,” East Lincoln head soccer coach Jason Dragoon said in a press release. “He travelled with the swim team and kept times for the coaches, he kept the scoreboard for soccer games even though his kids weren’t playing on the field. He spent an uncountable number of hours working on the baseball and soccer fields making sure that our East Lincoln had the best facilities possible for its student athletes. He recently received the East Lincoln High School Service Award, for his contributions to our school community.”
East Lincoln opens the tournament against Pine Lake Prep today at 7 p.m. and faces South Iredell on Saturday at 7 p.m. Teams earn three points for a win, two points for a penalty shootout win after a tie game and one point for a penalty shootout loss.