Warren soccer program celebrated as alumni win annual game

Warren’s Griffin Suppa (left) maintains possession while being pressured by the alumni team’s Jimmy Lobdell during Warren Area High School’s annual alumni game on Saturday morning at War Memorial Field. Christian Harrington scored two goals and Tanner Kays had the other in a 3-0 win for the alumni.

Saturday’s annual Warren Area High School alumni soccer game showcased the stars of yesterday against a promising group of young Dragons (as well as recent 2019 graduates) that are eager to make their mark.

A large contingent of alumni showed up and showed that they still have it, defeating their younger counterparts by a 3-0 score.

Much more than the final tally, however, this was a day that honored the rich tradition of one of District 10’s top programs.

“This just shows you the tradition of Warren soccer,” Warren coach Denny Flatt told both his current players and alumni alike as he gathered them briefly after the game.

The Class of 2015, which won a District 10 title as seniors, had the largest number of former players return. The list of participants who made it back, which was read off before the game, stretched back all the way to the 1990s and also included 2002 graduate and current assistant coach Paul Green, who played in goal in the first half and made several key saves.

The Warren Area High School soccer alumni pose after their annual game on Saturday at War Memorial Field.

Tanner Kays (Class of 2018), a former captain and all-region defender, scored the lone goal of the first half.

Christian Harrington (Class of 2012), who had a record-setting senior season with 25 goals and 46 assists, found the back of the net twice in the second half to account for the final margin.

The Dragons are coming off a 12-7-1 season in which they won a D-10 playoff game before falling to eventual champion Cathedral Prep in the semifinals. The Ramblers went on to advance to the state quarterfinals.

Fall practice for the 2019 team begins on Aug. 13.

Warren’s Caleb Lindell takes the ball past Ben Bauer of the alumni team during Saturday’s game.

Clark Eason possesses for the alumni team.

Tristan Boger carries for the alumni team.

Max Gross of the alumni team goes for a steal.

Simon Smith (left) and Andy Beyer (right) smile as keeper Tommy Harrington scoops up the ball.