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NJCAA District Semifinals Moved Because of Wet Field; L&C Set for Motlow State

Article by: Pete Hayes, phayes@thetelegraph.com

GODFREY — The NJCAA Central District Women’s Soccer Tournament field of teams was set Sunday.

It took until Wednesday afternoon to settle on the playing field, however.

The NJCAA Central District Women’s soccer semifinals and final, which were set for Thursday and Friday at Tim Rooney Stadium at Lewis and Clark Community College, will indeed be played. But after rain Tuesday night and more rain in the forecast, officials have moved Thursday’s semifinals to an artificial turf field at the O’Fallon (Illinois) Family Sports Park. 

It took until Wednesday afternoon to settle on the playing field, however.

The NJCAA Central District Women’s soccer semifinals and final, which were set for Thursday and Friday at Tim Rooney Stadium at Lewis and Clark Community College, will indeed be played. But after rain Tuesday night and more rain in the forecast, officials have moved Thursday’s semifinals to an artificial turf field at the O’Fallon (Illinois) Family Sports Park.

“Our soccer field (at Rooney Stadium) is not absorbing the amount of water,” L&C athletic director Doug Stotler said, “and we have standing water on the field. We’re also expecting more rain (Wednesday).”

The field at Rooney Stadium is natural grass.

While the playing surfaces options are being examined, L&C coach Tim Rooney and the other three teams’ coaches are going about the business of prepping for games each hopes will eventually result in a trip to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament later this month in Foley, Alabama.

“Wherever we play, we’ll have to be prepared,” said Rooney, whose No. 6-ranked and Region 24 champ Trailblazers head the field that includes Region VII champion Motlow State, Region 16 champion Metropolitan CC of Kansas City and Region 24 runners-up Southwestern Illinois College of Belleville.

Thursday’s semifinals will be played on Field No. 4 at the O’Fallon complex at 301 Obernuefemann Road. L&C (16-0) will play Motlow State (11-4-2) at 11 a.m. That game will be followed by SWIC (15-5-1) against Metropolitan (7-8).

The championship is scheduled for noon Friday. Officials are hoping Friday’s final can be be played at L&C.

“You work all season to get home-field advantage,” Rooney said. “It would be nice to be able to use it.”

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