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Four area high school soccer officials have parlayed a solid performance Saturday into working an even bigger game Thursday night.
Jonathan Bryan of Elizabethtown, Sean C. Hall of Cecilia, Thomas (Jeff) Hall of Elizabethtown and Athanasios (T) Mastoroudis of Sonora – who are all veteran members of the Lincoln Trail Soccer Officials Association – have been chosen to officiate Thursday’s 8 p.m. semifinal between the Lexington Paul Dunbar Bulldogs and the Henderson County Colonels as part of the KHSAA Boys’ Soccer State Tournament final four at Dunbar.
The foursome received a positive review from the KHSAA from the quarterfinal between the Louisville St. Xavier Tigers and the Corbin Redhounds they officiated Saturday at Lexington Henry Clay.
The good news came from the KHSAA on Monday.
“It is always rewarding to be recognized for your hard work and I am extremely proud of the jobs that T, Jeff, Sean and Jonathan have done this year,” said 5th Region assigning secretary Jim Long. “Their selection to work the state tournament signifies the culmination of many hours on the soccer field and each of these men are to be congratulated for this honor.”
On Saturday, Mastoroudis was the center official (the one with the whistle) and Bryan was the fourth official (the one at the substitution flag). The Halls were the assistant referees (the ones on the sidelines with the flags). Bryan said he assumed they would resume the same roles Thursday.
“There are many great soccer officials in this state and to be selected to officiate the final four is a huge honor. I want to thank the KHSAA for this great opportunity and I proudly can’t wait to officiate this huge event representing the 5th Region and my hometown Elizabethtown,” said Bryan, a 16-year veteran and level-three official who is making his second final four appearance. “I want to thank my fellow officials in the 5th Region and Mr. Long for their support and guidance throughout this season.”
President of the Elizabethtown Youth Soccer Association and the LTSOA, Sean Hall is a level-three official with 22 years of experience.
“It’s always a privilege and an honor to know that a team of our officials will be representing our region at the state level once again,” he said.
Jeff Hall is a level-three official with 15 seasons of experience. He has more than five final fours to his credit, is a NISOA official and assessor and has refereed in four (Conference USA, TranSouth, Sun Belt, Atlantic Sun) collegiate conferences.
“I’m honored and humbled with the selection to represent LTSOA at this year’s KHSAA finals. When we start each season we go into every game as it our last,” said Jeff Hall, the reigning KHSAA Soccer Official of the Year. “It has been a privilege to work with all LTSOA referees and my wish is that they will get to experience this opportunity at the finals.”
Jeff Hall and Mastoroudis, a level-two official with four years of experience, worked last year’s girls’ state final along with fellow LTSOA members Skip Hatfield and William Herald.
“It’s a great honor and reward to be able to work at these games. I want to say a big thank you to our assigning secretary, Mr. Long, for his guidance, support and trust that he has shown in me and also a big thank you to the rest of my fellow referees,” said Mastoroudis, a native of Greece. “They worked together through the season and made all this possible.”