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High school soccer: How three orphans from Haiti became Bethany’s top players

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Bethany High School soccer players Eventz Malaska (6), Benito Ausley (2) and Jocelyn Malaska (10) will lead the Bronchos into the playoffs on Friday at Cache. [Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman]
Bethany High School soccer players Eventz Malaska (6), Benito Ausley (2) and Jocelyn Malaska (10) will lead the Bronchos into the playoffs on Friday at Cache. [Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman]

BETHANY – Most of the time, there wasn’t a soccer ball. But there was always a plastic bottle or two.

For Eventz Malaska, Jocelyn Malaska and Benito Ausley, that’s how life was growing up at an orphanage in Mirabalais, Haiti.

“(Soccer) is just so fun,” Eventz said. “I’m glad I have the opportunity to play it.”

Instead of sticks and plastics bottles, the trio practices on a turf field and always uses soccer balls. There’s no longer a question about whether they will have the proper equipment to play.

They are key members of Bethany's boys soccer team as the Class 4A playoffs open across the state Friday. The Bronchos travel to Cache, but the bus ride south won’t be as testing as the journey from Haiti to Oklahoma.

It started about 10 years ago when David Malaska and his family were volunteering with their church in Haiti. That’s how David met Eventz, Jocelyn and Ausley.

The church continued its missions to Mirebalais, and David’s relationship with the boys grew. After discussions with his wife about wanting to bring the boys home, the choice became easy.

Four years ago, they adopted Eventz and Jocelyn along with their youngest sibling Evenson to keep them together. Another family from the same church adopted Ausley, and he came a year earlier.

When they arrived, there was an adjustment period to how organized the game is here compared to what the boys were used to. They played street soccer, where there were no red cards or offsides.

Benito is smaller in stature and said playing the style of soccer he did growing up helped toughen him up.

The size hasn’t hampered his playing ability.

His aggressive, always-in-attack approach helps him become someone opponents always try to stifle, which helps Eventz and Jocelyn.

David said the boys’ relationship has helped them assimilate to the different life in Oklahoma.

“They all grew up in the same orphanage,” David said. “I think that helped them on the soccer field, too.”

Through it all, Eventz and Benito’s journey will continue in college. Eventz signed with Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa, while Benito will head to Murray State College in Tishomingo. Jocelyn is only a freshman.

No matter how far the brothers and friends separate, they will always have soccer. It’s something Bethany coach Sean Williams said was special from the moment he met them.

“I knew then that they were going to make an impact right away,” Williams said. “They had to grow, but they have and it has paid off.”

Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internships with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in... Read more ›

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