MARQUETTE, Mich. – When the Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team plays Ashland Sept. 13 the Wildcats will be stepping onto a new pitch. NMU will debut its new soccer game field. Last year the Wildcats played its games on the practice field which is located next to the new game field. A trial run on the field will be this weekend with the Alumni Game Saturday (Aug. 22).
Part of the first phase of renovation the field’s soil was reconditioned and hydro seeded. Drainage and irrigation on the field was improved. A fence was built around the complex.
“I would like to thank the grounds crew, especially Jim and Harvey for doing a wonderful job on the field,” said Matt Granstrand, the NMU head soccer coach. “We need this to compete. Thanks to President Wong and Ken Godfrey for helping us get this done.”
The new field should also have other benefits for the NMU soccer program. “This is the next step and it needed to happen,” said Granstrand. “Now our job is to go to that next stage.”
NMU home games for 2009: Sept. 13 – Ashland (12 p.m.), Sept. 25 – Saginaw Valley State (2 p.m.), Sept. 27 – Northwood (12 p.m.), Oct. 9 – Grand Valley State (4 p.m.), Oct. 11 – Ferris State (12 p.m.), Oct. 23 – Findlay (2 p.m.) and Oct. 26 – Tiffin (12 p.m.).
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