Soccer coaches support new fields

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During the city council meeting March 3, members of the community showed their support and talked about future plans for the new soccer fields on Highway 60.

Courtesy photo: The city tested the lights at the new soccer fields March 3 following the council meeting.

Dennis Walsh, who coaches an AYSO team, began using the new fields to host practices last year.

“I’ve traveled around the state during the past few years coaching; we have some of the best grass fields around,” Walsh said.

He said the new facilities will really help the soccer programs grow.

Brad Winton, coach of the soccer team at New Mexico Tech, said his team is looking forward to using the new fields for their upcoming tournament in April, which the school hosts annually.

In the past, Winton said it has been a one-day tournament played on campus; teams from surrounding cities usually “come in, play their games, and head back the same day.”

“We’re excited to use the new fields, get a Friday night and Saturday night game, which will encourage teams to stay the night, spending money on hotels and food, and help out the community,” he said.

And, it’s going to showcase the fields.

“These kids (from surrounding cities and states) can go back and tell their family and friends who play AYSO and club soccer about the fantastic fields we have here,” Winton said.

Mayor Ravi Bhasker added that it’s great for Socorro to mix with the Tech crowd and get them to use the city’s facilities, as many of “the city people use the Tech facilities.”