NEW YORK -- On Saturday, April 8, members of the Columbia men's soccer family, past and present, gathered at Columbia Soccer Stadium for a brilliant day of soccer and fun. A great turn out of alumni from all generations, as well as their families and children, came out for an action-packed day full of excitement.
"The turnout was great, and it was just a great day from top to bottom," Columbia head men's soccer coach Kevin Anderson said. "I would like to thank all of the alumni that were able to be in attendance, as well as Tommy McMenemy for organizing the event. It was a lot of fun to be a part of."
The afternoon began with an Alumni Challenge game between the Classes of 2000-01 and the Classes of 2003-04. With youth on the side of the 2003-04 team, it appeared on paper as if they would have the edge. However, wisdom is priceless and the 2000-01 side taught the youngsters a few things about being organized and counter-attacking. Matt Hill '01CC took home the MVP of the game, leading his team to a 6-2 decisive win.
During the small-sided alumni games that followed, past and present Lions were mixed and matched to shape eight teams. One of the semifinals was decided in penalties, while the final was decided by the talent and adventure of rising junior Will Stamatis.
Stamatis' lone goal led Team 6 to the championship of the day. It is no surprise that Hill was again a part of this team, and showed that his experience in the Major League Soccer front office has translated onto the playing field. Hill and Stamatis joined Alex Berthe-Suarez '03CC, Emeka Ofodile '01CC, Ronnie Shaban '12SEAS, Ryan Scully '10CC and current Columbia women's soccer assistant coach Scott Waddell '07CC in victory.