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Organizations, SUU come together, offer first community soccer night
Sep 21, 2011 | 243 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Southern Utah University’s women’s soccer team will host the first community soccer night Thursday at the SUU soccer fields, in what promises to be an exciting new tradition in a community where soccer is growing every year.

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with the SUU vs. University of Montana soccer game. After the game, the SUU soccer players will be available to meet and mingle with soccer fans, and autograph posters.

There will be free hot dogs and drinks, and free soccer clinics for kids offered by coaches from Salt Lake City affiliated with Utah Youth Soccer Association.

The event is open to all members of the community, and everyone is encouraged to wear any soccer uniforms they have in celebration of the event.

The night was originally to involve the SUU team and the local region of the American Youth Soccer Organization, however, SUU Soccer Coach Brian Stock expanded the concept to invite all members of the community.

Several sponsors will be involved, including Sports Authority, and various soccer organizations including AYSO, UYSA, KICKS Soccer, Southern Utah Youth Soccer, the newly-formed Cedar City Adult Soccer League affiliated with the North American Adult Soccer Association, local high school teams, and the SUU Men’s Soccer Club Team.

The newly formed Adult Soccer League will be present to offer season and registration information for anyone interested in playing this fall.

Soccer is the sport with the largest number of participants in Iron County, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has had the opportunity to visit the Bicentennial Park Soccer complex on any Saturday in the fall when AYSO’s nearly 1,500 players swarm over the park’s 11 fields.

Enoch added a new full-size soccer field to its sports complex this year where the SUU Men’s club team has enjoyed playing, team coach Larry Daniel said. The field is a welcome addition to the soccer community, which has been short on fields.

The night will be a good opportunity for soccer enthusiasts to come together and enjoy a rare night devoted to a popular sport that is not often the center of attention.

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