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Anchorage soccer teams are close to getting their season back

By Dave Goldman Photojournalist: Dave Leval - 10:43 PM April 12, 2017
ANCHORAGE –

Name a spot in Anchorage that still needs shoveling. It’s a tricky riddle high school soccer teams can easily answer.

Last week, prep players and volunteers got together to shovel the fields at East Anchorage, Chugiak and Service High Schools. On Sunday, nearly 100 people worked on the field at Kincaid Park.

Wednesday, it moved to three more, all which have artificial turf. 

“It feels good. We’ll be able to practice outside, and get in some real game situations,” said East Anchorage High School’s Joey Pabon as he worked on his home field. 

The Anchorage School District was concerned about using heavy machinery and damaging the fields but on Monday decided on a workable option. Using only approved plastic shovels so as not to damage the turf with metal, the East High Thunderbirds could envision their season coming back to them as they worked under the supervision of ASD officials. The team hasn’t played a game yet, but it’s getting closer. 

“It’s a bit tough to play soccer in such a condensed space, especially when you have teams with 11 to 12 people at a time,” said Sinjin Bunga, another player from East High. 

Not having The Dome also hurt. It served as the go-to spot for soccer games before the conditions change in spring. But with its collapse in January, local teams lost their number one option. Some teams were busing north to Colony High School, but that was becoming a pricey proposition as round trips were costing as much as $575. 

Now, with the fields shoveled and Mother Nature beginning to warm it up, the players will soon be playing the outdoor soccer season where it was meant to be played, outside. Once the fields are deemed safe and playable, they can start. All they need now is the go ahead from ASD officials. 

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