Bagpipes honor fallen Black Oaks soccer player Matt Sokol (1971-2012)

Published on Aug 29, 2012 by

Tribute to a hero on and off the field. Learn more about Matt here https://blackoaksfc.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/matt-sokol-1971-2012-remembered-i…

Special thanks to Foo Man Lou on the Bagpipes.

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Justin Selander Scores One for Matt Sokol

Published on Aug 28, 2012 by

Justin Selander said he hadn’t played for years, but when he heard there was a memorial game for Black Oaks teammate Matt Sokol he suited up. A full-time soccer coach with Santa Rosa United, Selander said he first met Sokol in the late ’90s when SRJC coach Butcher and later Dwayne Shaffer used to host 6-aside during the summer. It was there he met several of the Black Oaks and eventually went on to play several years for the Oaks with Sokol.

You could tell Selander really wanted to score one. Under the sustained onslaught you really had to give credit to the NorCal goalie for working overtime. Several people scored with the final tally 7-2. It appeared that it might not be the day for Selander, who had at least a dozen good looks at goal. But deep into the second half all his hard work paid off. Tune in until the end for a classic Black Oaks celebration which helped cap a memorable game in honor of Matt Sokol.

Matt Sokol’s Father Recognizes Team at Memorial Service

The Black Oaks Soccer Club turns out to remember one of its fallen heroes.

It was a proud moment when the Black Oaks were asked to rise during the Memorial Service today for Matt Sokol. Hundreds turned out to remember the loss of a valuable member of our community.

The event was announced the day before by the daily paper and word spread. A teacher for Santa Rosa Schools, Matt touched the lives of hundreds of children and their families. Fellow teachers came forward with stories of what a wonderful teacher he was; how much he loved the students and teaching. Matt was passionate about fishing and fishing buddies showed up with stories. Read more of this post