The First Season with a Turf Pitch Brings Success

John Campbell, Sports Editor

The Wayne State College women’s soccer team played their final home match of the fall season on Sunday, Oct. 23.  

In a matchup against the Upper Iowa Peacocks, the match resulted in a 5-2 victory for the Wildcats. The victory puts the Wildcats at 3-10-4 on the season. 

Earlier in 2022, WSC officials announced a $26.5M athletic and recreation project, in which upgrades to the soccer stadium were included, upgrading from a grass to turf field, new fencing and general stadium mateine. The soccer complex is used for more than just women’s soccer, WSC club sports also have the opportunity use the new turf. 

In its first season, the Wildcats found success on the new turf. The Wildcat soccer team played 8 matches at home in the new soccer stadium. “There’s no place like home” is a trending theme for the team, at home this season the Wildcats are 3-3-2. Scoring 6 of their 11 goals this season on the new pitch.  

But its more than just the women’s soccer team finding success on the new turf. The club soccer team and women’s rugby team had the opportunity to get a game in on the new turf. The club soccer team had one of their victories on the new turf beating the University of North Dakota club 4-3 on Sept. 11, a month later, Oct. 8, the women’s rugby team won their first home match of the season against the Pittsburg State University Gorillas 86-0.