SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The best soccer players in the Coastal Empire and Low Country spent their Saturday afternoon showing off their skills in the 9th annual Specialty Sports All-Star Games.
More than 30 college coaches and scouts were in attendance to get a glimpse at the talent southeast Georgia has to offer.
The talent base in Savannah has grown in the past several years, and this game has been a barometer for that.
"Every single year, it's gotten better and gotten stronger," says Calvary Day senior Sammie Arnsdorff. "I'm glad that I'm a part of it, because it's my life. It's really exciting to come out here and see it because each year it has gotten better and better."
Organizer Cam Turner says the sport continues to grow in popularity in the area, which will only help hone the skills of the future stars. But he knows his games have a hand in that growth, and he's glad to see soccer rise in Savannah.
"What they're putting out there today is going to build this for the future," Turner says. "We have so many kids in the youth program coming up that are going to be playing in this game. All they can do is help bring more colleges to town to see the players."
While the games were open to players from all high school grades, they are a little more special to graduating seniors. It's the final high school game for those in the Class of 2018, and the players say it's an opportunity they cherish.
"It's a really good experience just being able to play with some really good soccer players. I've played with a lot of them through the years, either against them or with them on the travel teams," Arnsdorff says. "So it's nice to be able to see them and play with them. We get to have fun and have a game that isn't rock hard where you have to win. It's exciting to just play and do what you know how to do."