Friday was a big night for the Youngstown State University women’s soccer team because they played their first home game of the season on a brand new field after two games on the road.
The Lady Penguins battled it out against the University of Toledo Rockets at Farmers National Bank Field, and even though they lost 1-0, the players still felt good about playing on the new field.
Friday’s game was the first collegiate game on the new field.
Before the new facility was built, the team had to share a field with the football team at Stambaugh Stadium.
“It’s nice to have a soccer facility for our soccer program,” said Trevor Parks, YSU sports information director.
The new field, which also features an eight-lane track, is located across from the football stadium. It is getting high marks from players, fans and students.
“I love it. It’s amazing. We went on it a few days ago just to play around and stuff, and the turf is so nice. It’s so much better than a grass field,” said YSU freshman Michael Pompeo.
“I’m so happy she gets to take part in the new field her senior year, and it’s exciting. I think she would have been disappointed if she graduated and they had this great new facility that she couldn’t play on,” said Kim Ludwig, whose daughter plays for the Lady Penguins.
The University acquired the property by tearing down vacant houses and other eyesores. Farmers National Bank helped kickstart the project by donating $500,000.
From there, Parks said things progressed pretty quickly, with the field ready for Friday’s interstate battle against Toledo.