Zarky Soccer Camp

Zarky Soccer Camp Attracts 23 Youngsters

Zarky Soccer Camp
The campers pose for a photo in the shade during a water break on Friday. On the back row are the two coaches who led most of the practice: 2010 Brentwood High School graduate Sam Lund and Webster Groves High School grad Katie Allman. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
2 girls compete
Two girls compete for the ball in a mini-scrimmage. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Last week’s heat wave didn’t stop 23 youngsters from attending the Paul Zarky Metro Strikers Summer Soccer Camp at Norm West Park from July 18-21. Organized through the Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department, the camp met for two hours a day to teach soccer fundamentals to boys and girls ages 4 to 12.

Leading the kids was Zarky, a select soccer coach and former pro player for the St. Louis Ambush, the St. Louis Knights, the Kansas City Attack and the Sacramento Knights. He’s also executive director of the Metro Strikers Soccer Club.

Zarky’s assistants were Katie Allman, who played soccer for Webster Groves High School, and former Brentwood High School standout Sam Lund.

Lund is a goalkeeper for Quincy University in Illinois, an NCAA Division II school. He was redshirted last season as a freshman after fracturing his forearm in a club soccer match and is eager for practice to start on August 14. Zarky’s Brentwood camp was the sixth soccer camp Lund has worked at this summer.

Boy Takes Water Break
During one of the many water breaks, one boy decides to pour some water down the front of his shirt. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Group Soccer
Just about everybody tries to get a foot into the action during a scrimmage on Friday. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Girl carries ball
One girl finds soccer to be much more fun when you can carry the ball. But her teammate (left) quickly reminds her of the rules. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
boys score a goal
Two boys celebrate scoring a goal in a mini-scrimmage that pitted the boys against the girls. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
boy with kool-pop
One youngster drains every drop from a flavored ice treat on the last day of the soccer camp. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Soccer Boys Huddle
Four boys instantly feel a bond after scoring against the girls in a mini-scrimmage. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Ball Slips by Goalkeeper
Two teammates watch their ball slip by the opposing goalkeeper. As one child observed, “Soccer’s more fun when you score goals.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)

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