Boys Soccer: Warren wins while raising funds for Scleroderma FoundationZion's Jason Diaz (left) and Warren's Timmy Pieper race to the ball. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 27, 2012 10:19PM
A crowd estimated at more than 400 — much bigger than usual for a soccer match on a Thursday night — came out to support Warren’s powerhouse boys soccer team and the charitable cause championed by Blue Devils’ coach Jason Ahonen.
Warren beat Zion-Benton 7-0, but most impressive was the turnout to raise money for the Scleroderma Foundation, which is a disease that Ahonen’s father has been fighting and beating, thanks to a lung transplant.
“I was very pleased with the turnout,” said Ahonen. “Our student section and our community really came out. I saw a lot of parents from past teams and passed players who came out to support it.
“I was nice to see some old faces, and we’re looking forward to doing it against next year.”
Money was raised by an admission fee, by selling 50/50 raffle tickets, and by passing around in the stands a “goal bucket,” in which fans filled with coins each time Warren put the ball in the net.
Thanks to technology, the coach’s dad was able to watch some of the game from his Florida home.