Friends off the field, rivals on the pitch.
This describes the relationship between brothers Ricky White and Ryan White.
The Canton South graduates and current head coaches of area boys soccer teams squared off last week.
Ryan is in charge of a Sandy Valley squad that is competing in its first OHSAA year, while Ricky leads the Canton South Wildcats.
The more experienced Wildcats prevailed 8-0.
Canton South led in shots 32-3. Justin Faverty came up with 17 saves for the Cardinals.
"The boys have had the misfortune of hitting a challenging part of the schedule, while dealing with numerous missing players," commented Coach Ryan White. "Our leading scorer, Jamon McCort, has been injured this week, and three other starters were also out of this game."
The brothers got their love of the game from their father, Rick White.
Rick started the soccer program at Canton South 24 years ago. He is currently the head coach of the Lady Wildcats.
This past Saturday, Sandy Valley dropped a 7-2 decision to Carrollton.
Zach Karam had a goal and an assists, McCort found the back of the net, and Logan Grooms recorded an assist. Darik Garber came up with 14 saves.
"We were undone by Carrollton's two exchange students, who contributed on five of the seven goals," noted Coach White. "Jamon scored his 15th goal, and Zach earned his ninth goal."
The Cardinals (3-5) were to face Tuslaw on Sept. 28, before hosting Mansfield St. Petes this Saturday, Oct. 1.