Posted: August 11, 2014
Andy Moore Testimonial Game
Players and friends gather at the end of game for a group picture
Hendersonville Soccer started a new tradition this past Saturday, holding the first ever Testimonial Game honoring 1983 graduate Andy Moore.
Nearly 40 former Commandos, and friends, gathered together at the Field of Dreams to pay tribute to a Hendersonville Soccer legend.
Moore graduated from the program in 1983 with a state championship, All-American honors, and a scholarship to Wake Forest University.
He just recently decided to end his adult playing day.
Andy's two brothers, several other alumni, and a couple former opponents wanted to honor Andy in the way that many former professional players used to be honored in England's top leagues, with a testimonial game. Teams would celebrate a veteran at the end of his playing career by holding a non-competitive match in his honor.
A leader of the state champion Commando team of 1983, Moore had been playing soccer for over 40 years. He played at HHS from 1981-1983.
During his three years (freshmen were not allowed to play), Moore scored a total of 67 goals while leading the Commandos in scoring each season. That sum still has him in second place for individual career goals for the HHS men's soccer program.
In 1981, HHS lost one game and finished third in the state. They repeated their third place finish in 1982, again with one loss. In 1983, the Commandos won the school's first state title and finished with a perfect 17-0 record, including 12 shutouts. It was the first state soccer title for a public school,
Andy inspired many younger players as he came through the Hendersonville recreational league and high school.
Several participants tonight played with Andy on the 1983 State Championship team. Many others players went on to win state titles in 1896 and 1989.