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Saturday was a special day for two Owen County young people. It would be a day that marked two endings, one in the morning and the other that night.
Seniors Katie Haines and Patrick Brumback have been a part of the Owen County Youth Soccer League since they were 4 years old.
They began as players and on Saturday, they finished as referees.
Saturday morning marked their final games before hanging up their whistles.
On Saturday night, they both graduated from Owen County High School.
Both have fond memories as players that involve the same coach.
“Anytime when Jerry (Doolin) was coaching, he was always pretty funny,” Brumback said of the man who coached both Brumback and Haines.
Haines had other memories that did not involve anything that took place during the game.
“It was always exciting to know what the snack was after the game,” Haines said.
When she first began playing, Haines said she knew nothing about soccer.
“I had no idea what I was doing.” Haines said.
One of her most memorable seasons was one year, playing U-12 when her team wore lime green uniforms and were called the Terminators.
When they moved on to middle school and high school soccer, they turned their attentions to being referees. There were advantages to being a referee, according to Haines, one was monetary and the other was the advantage she gained on the field in her own games.
“It makes you a better player,” Haines said.
The two also said being a referee made them have a new appreciation for those who officiated their games.
Brumback said he learned a great deal from being the one on the field with the whistle.
“Patience,” Brumback said. “I used to not like any of them (referees) but now I know it’s easy to make a bad call.”
Haines said refereeing has made her learn to appreciate all kinds of people.
“Different people act different ways. I have to deal with their personalities. You can’t fold under the pressure,” she said.
It is a lesson that she can take with her for the rest of her life and as she enters the workforce one day.
This fall, Haines and Brumback will be heading off to college. Haines will be going to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky while Brumback will be heading to Morehead State University.
The pair say they will both look to continue playing the game on the intramural level.