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Eric Peterson, Published August 12 2010

Concordia soccer to host a game on new turf

Concordia will play at least one soccer home game on turf this fall.

Cobbers head men’s coach Dan Weiler said his team will host Gustavus at 1 p.m. on Sept. 18 on Jake Christiansen Stadium’s newly installed FieldTurf.

“It will be nice to give it a really good look to see what kind of surface it will be for us for soccer,” said Weiler, who is also head women’s coach for the Cobbers.

“I think it definitely adds some excitement. That particular game on the 18th will be a really nice showcase. We hope that the crowd is a little bit bigger.”

Weiler said this is the lone game – men’s or women’s – scheduled to be played on the FieldTurf for the upcoming season.

“The big thing with the use or not use of the field is we have a really quality field right next to it that is grass,” Weiler said. “That has been a good setting for us. We do have to analyze, if we do have the option to use both fields, is it a good fit to use the turf.”

Weiler said soccer field dimensions on the Jake Christiansen turf are 65-by-120 yards. The Cobbers’ grass game field, which is located just east of the Jake, is 67-by-115.

A college soccer field can range in width between 65 and 80 yards and in length between 110 and 120 yards.

The Cobbers wouldn’t be able to host playoff games on the turf field unless they played the majority of their home games at Jake Christiansen. Weiler doesn’t see that happening in the near future with the Jake being the primary game field for the football team.

However, Weiler said having the option to play on turf – especially on poor weather occasions – will benefit the soccer program.

“I think what it will really allow us to do is in the postseason our grass field will be in better condition because we can use our turf field as a backup,” Weiler said. “We can save wear and tear on our game field and still play a quality game.”

Weiler could also see his soccer teams occasionally training on the turf to prepare for opponents that have home turf fields.

“We know that it will never be our primary,” Weiler said. “It will always be our secondary field. It’s nice to have an opportunity to play on it.”

Conocordia women to play hockey game outdoors

Concordia will play in the first outdoor women’s hockey game in January.

The Cobbers are set to play St. Benedict at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Bernick’s Outdoor Ice Rink in Sartell, Minn.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com