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UCA, CBC to memorialize former soccer player

Posted: December 2, 2013 - 10:35pm

The men's soccer programs at the University of Central Arkansas and Central Baptist College will gather in tribute to  former teammate Shafal Mason, who died after a car accident on November 23.

Mason, a native of New Holland, Jamaica, spent three seasons at Central Arkansas. He appeared in 40 matches for a total of 1,722 minutes, scoring two goals and assisting on two others before transferring to Central Baptist College to finish  his career.

“Shafial was the heart and soul of our team,” said UCA head coach Ross Duncan. “He was one of those guys who didn’t have an enemy in the world and who everybody loved. He was a guy who instantly made an impression on you as a human being.”

Duncan noted Mason’s love of soccer, saying, “The game was a way for him to connect with people, but he wasn’t defined by it. Instead, he defined his life by the type of person he was and he used soccer to connect with people and then built relationships with them outside of the game.”

A memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Toland Chapel at CBC. After the service, there will be a scrimmage held at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex at UCA.  Central Arkansas Campus from 7:15-9 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to join in to honor Shafial by playing. Teams will be wearing green and yellow jerseys to honor his home country.

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