KUSA – The Jefferson Academy has a new soccer field and it’s better than ever.
“It’s really nice to have a field that’s nice and smooth,” says Jaguars senior Kayla Tennal.
It seems simple, but Jefferson Academy has never had a real soccer field before this, forcing the soccer teams to practice in some strange places.
The girls would train indoors. “Like high school gyms or in church warehouses, just anywhere we could,” explained Tennal.
While the guys would train in between an apartment complex. “It made training pretty hard,” said Jefferson Academy junior Dylan Johnson. “It was bumpy, dog poop was everywhere and constantly dogs taking away our cones and everything,” Johnson said.
With a soccer field that’s just a couple hundred feet away from the school, the coaches say it even helps with the academic side.
“We can now go straight from school, into a study hall, get their homework done and move out to practice. Where before we were losing a half an hour to 45 minutes to travel,” said Matt Cassel, Jefferson Academy boys’ varsity head coach.
Now that the Jaguars have their own field, the players hope it’ll help with morale.
“We’ve got this beautiful field, beautiful lights. Hopefully we can get fans out here,” Johnson said.
Jefferson Academy athletic director, Mike Wilson has been working on getting a soccer field to his school for the past couple of years. “To know that is ours and nobody can take it away from us, it’s a wonderful thing,” explained Wilson.
Community Financial is the sponsor of the stadium which helped make this project become a reality.
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