By John Mattes ‘19
On Friday, Sept. 21, the Brother Rice Alumni soccer game took place from 7-9 p.m. at Tom Mitchell Field. About 50 former Brother Rice soccer players turned out to enjoy a leisurely night of soccer. Afterward, the players and coaches went out to Barraco’s for pizza and drinks, relishing their high school days.
Raul Andrade, a former Brother Rice goalkeeper and Class of 2017 graduate, said, “I was able to see a few of my teammates from my junior year at Rice and it was just great to know they’re doing well.”
The format for the night was twenty minute, eight versus eight games with five different color teams. Gino Pacetti, a Class of 2002 graduate, said, “It’s good to get out here and play, especially with players of different graduating years, and it definitely is a brotherhood. It’s nice that the coaches continue to set up this alumni game every year.”
Coach Prunkle, a Class of 2004 graduate, encouraged alumni to come out to the game. He is in his first head coaching year at Brother Rice after leading Catholic League rival Saint Laurence to five successful seasons. Although he did not participate in the games, he enjoyed talking to alumni and updating the former players on how the program is currently doing.
Chris Vidos, a Class of 2009 graduate and current goalkeeper coach at Brother Rice said, “There were a few guys from my class who played and there was even a guy who stopped playing after freshman year who came out tonight, so that was pretty awesome.” When asked what his favorite part of the night as a whole was, with a laugh he referred to Barraco’s, saying, “I don’t think I have gotten to it yet.”