Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Coach Finds Self in Tough Spot

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Coach Finds Self in Tough Spot

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Francis Howell North High soccer coach Dan Hogan found himself in a tough spot Friday night at St. Louis Soccer Park.

As one of the chief organizers of the 13th annual North/South High School All-Star Soccer Games at St. Louis Soccer Park, Hogan was coaching the South girls while four of his Howell North players were competing for the North.

"It was a lot tougher than I thought it'd be," he said. "I caught myself a couple of times, saying `Good play' by one of my players when I was supposed to be coaching the South. I'm glad we won, but it probably would've worked out best if the game ended in a tie."

The South girls raced to a 3-0 lead and won 3-2, snapping a three-game winning streak for the North. The South girls hold a 7-5 edge in the overall series.

Friday's boys game did end in a tie, 1-1.

"The last couple of weeks have really been hectic and honestly, I'm glad it's over," said Hogan, who joined St. Dominic's Les Hager in doing much of the legwork for Friday's games. "But things went real well tonight and it looks like these games should be in even better shape for the future. It takes a tremendous amount of work and time to put on something like this, but when it all comes together like tonight, it all seems worthwhile."

The games, which drew a crowd of better than 1,000, were sponsored by Boatmen's Bank, Puma and Soccer Master. Others who helped make the game a success included the Eastern Missouri Soccer Coaches Association, the Busch Soccer Club, the St. Louis Soccer Park and Conference Center, the Missouri Youth Soccer Association, the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association, the Gateway Youth Soccer Association and the St. Louis High School Referee Association.

The girls game got off to a crazy start, with the North controlling pla y while the South raced to a 2-0 halftime lead. The South's Katie Stewart (John F. …

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