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Published 12:04 am Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Andalusia soccer team shown in the top row from L to R: Kevin Rooks, Davis Kelly, Zach Parker, Corey Bulger, Willie Riedel, Lucas Denney, Trey Ossenford, Ben Jackson, Chris Gerhart, James Albritton and coach Tim Ramsden. Front row from L to R: Cole Bush, Jenn Botta, Shelbee Mathews, Shelby Nixon, Jasmine Botta, Elisabeth Christensen, Adam Peek and Cameron Phillips. Not shown: Oscar Martinez. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Wearing a pink tie-dye shirt and not a care in the world, Andalusia freshman Kevin Rooks knocks a header into the soccer goal at the Kiwanis field late Monday afternoon.

Nothing can and will keep Rooks from playing the sport he loves so much, and nothing will keep him from trying to help the Bulldogs beat Charles Henderson tomorrow night in their first match at home and last match of the season.

Rooks, who came to Andalusia six years ago from his native Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., has been playing soccer for 11-12 years.

He said the game just gives him everything he needs to go out there and keep playing.

“The thrill. The adrenaline,” Rooks said with a grin. “I just love playing soccer.

“There’s nothing in the world that can keep me off the field,” he said.

Andalusia faced the Trojans at the beginning of the month in Troy, and fell 9-0.

AHS has struggled this season with playing aggressive to the ball, and Rooks said the team has been focusing on that aspect of the game this last week of practice.

“I think we’ve been progressing throughout our practices, and we’ve been getting a lot better,” he said. “Our defense is struggling because of our injuries we’ve been having. I think our new defense should be good.”

Rooks didn’t say what defense the Bulldogs will use tomorrow night against the Trojans, who have several weapons on the offensive end.

The Bulldogs haven’t won a match this season, and have yet to score a goal on any opponent.

“It’s not really us getting a goal,” Rooks said. “It’s more of us playing hard and doing our best, not giving up and playing aggressive.”

The match tomorrow night is slated for 6 p.m., and admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students.