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L&C has Home Field Advantage

Article by: Pete Hayes, The Alton Telegraph, phayes@thetelegraph.com

GODFREY — Ryan Hodge was happy when his Lewis and Clark Community College men’s soccer team clinched home-field advantage over Illinois Central College for Friday’s Region 24 Tournament championship game.

But where exactly that home field will be Friday remains to be seen. Rain on Wednesday night and much of Thursday cast some doubt on the playability of L&C’s grass home field at on-campus Tim Rooney Stadium. Officials will determine Friday morning where the game will take place. The backup plan is to play the game on the artificial turf field at Gordon Moore Park in Alton.

Hodge said he’s more concerned about how instead of where.

“I keep reiterating to the team how hard it is to beat a good team three times in a season,” Hodge said. “That’s not just a trite phrase; it’s true.”

While the site remains up in the air, the starting time remains at 2 p.m. The winner will advance to the Midwest District Tournament, which is scheduled for Nov. 5-7 at the home field of the Region 11 champion. Other region champions there will include those from regions 4 and 16. The district winner will receive an automatic berth in the NJCAA Men’s National Soccer Tournament, set for Nov. 15-20 in Tyler, Texas. The district runner-up could still qualify for one of four at-large bids to the national tournament.

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