The President made a surprise visit at Tully Junior-Senior High School on his way to Binghamton after spending the night in Auburn.
The President visited briefly with the boys varsity, girls varsity and girls junior varsity soccer teams. The teams had been practicing outside on the fields since 8:00 a.m. The players are in grades 7-12.
"I was driving by and I thoughtâ?¦ I'd like to kick the ball around a little bit," Obama said.
The White House media pool reports that Obama asked the girls, "Can you guys beat the boys?" One girl answered "Oh definitely."
The girls chattered, squealed and cheered throughout the visit, especially when the president posed with the Black Knights for a photo.
Obama singled out one girl: "You don't look like you're in junior high school," he said to a young girl, Julia, who is 9. Meeting the president, she had said earlier today, was on her bucket list.
"Here's a general rule," Obama said. "When you're 9, you don't need a bucket list," and the girls laughed. "When you get to be 52, then you might want to draw one up."
During the visit, the President took a soft pass from a boy on the Black Knights team and then pushed it back. Obama also took a shot on goal.
The President's visit lasted less than half an hour. He arrived around 10:30 a.m.Olympic track star Lopez Lomong attended Tully Junior-Senior High School. He competed in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Obama also talked about the scenic ride he had between Auburn and Tully, saying he knew the area would have a lot of dairy farms, but he seemed surprised to see crops as well.
Obama will conclude his bus tour Friday with an appearance at Binghamton University and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He spoke in Buffalo and Syracuse on Thursday, making unannounced visits to Rochester and Seneca Falls.
"I didn't realize," he said. "As I was driving in, there's some decent corn around here," Obama said, then heard from the girls about how their town has a Family Dollar but no large grocery store.
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President Obama winds up for a penalty kick at Tully High School pic.twitter.com/Ek0rEr7DU9
â?? petesouza (@petesouza) August 23, 2013(Information from the White House media pool was used in this report.)