The Coxen Hole Kairos, last season’s champions, took on the Los Fuertes Vida in the November 13 match up at the Los Fuertes stadium. The starting star of Vida was forward Maddison Orellana, who scored six goals in four matches. Number 9 Orellana scored the first goal match against Kairos. He hit a volley pass which whizzed past Kairos’ goalkeeper. Vida controlled the first 40 minutes of the game, with Kairos resorting to counterattacks. In one of these counterattacks a Kairos player was fouled in the penalty area and Number 8, Edwin Miranda, tied the game 1:1. Orellana hit a post and a goal’s bracket making Vida look like they could come out on top. But it was not enough. In minute seven of the second half, Kairos scored again and opened a 2:1 lead.
Steve Bush, founder of the Kairos team, estimates that it costs Lps. 1,500 a game to keep the team going. Each team pays field fees–Lps. 150 for daytime games and Lps. 300 for nighttime with lights. There are fees for referees, transport, equipment. Footsteps Mission, a US-based nonprofit, funds the Kairos program which helps some of the 140 poorest children on the island living in the El Swampo neighborhood of Coxen Hole. “Soccer is a great opportunity to stay away from trouble, stay away from drugs,” says Bush.
Kairos found themselves in second place amongst eight teams in the under 17-year-old category. In two season sessions the teams play two rounds of seven games, with top teams then playing semifinals and finals. Five fields host games throughout the island: Sandy Bay, Los Fuertes, Pandy Town, Diamond Rock. Coxen Hole’s field has been disassembled and is undergoing maintenance. [/private]